Most of the flowers in my garden are perennials since I'm too much of a tight-wad to pay for a bunch of seeds and bedding plants every year. I also plant mostly native wild flowers since they have a better chance of surviving our harsh weather conditions. Two years ago I acquired starts for some little bog iris. I planted them and cared for them, but all I got were a few skinny green leaves.
This year I was finally rewarded with blossoms.
Another perennial resident is my crop of delphiniums. I grew the first ones from seed and planted them on the south side of our house where they get plenty of sun and protection from the wind.
Columbines are the state flower of Colorado. The ones in my garden try to take over the flower bed every year when they self seed. I have several varieties but these purple and whites are the original color. they are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds.