Perennial plants keep getting more and more expensive to buy. It's gotten to the point where I will spend a few extra dollars for the largest plant I can find, just so I can divide it into 3 or more smaller plants and feel like I got my monies worth.
The past couple of years I've squeezed some space between my vegetable seedlings to start some perennial flowers from seed. The problem with growing them from seed is that they traditionally don't bloom their first year - and I'm not that patient. There are some newer varieties and even some classics, that will generally make the effort to put out at least a couple of blooms. They may not bloom as early as they would if they were well established, but I'll try and contain my patience until then.
Perennials that should bloom their first year, from seed:
Photo: © Marie Iannotti