In designing with plants, it is the perennials that ensure that there is constant change, and that there is always an element of surprise or interest in the garden.
Getting to know the dormant and flowering periods of the plants is essential to achieving the right balance in the design, so that as one perennial goes to sleep, another awakens.
Perennials, perhaps more than any other group of plants, are available in a huge range of colours, forms, textures and fragrances in both foliage and flower. There are perennials suitable for almost every area of the garden: from full sun to full shade, in large gardens or small beds and to suit every mood or style. Popular perennial plants include Penstemon, Gaura, Canna, Dahlias, Salvias, Lupins, Columbines, Lilies, Delphiniums and Hellebores - oh! the list is endless.
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A perennial plant (Latin per, "through", annum, "year") is a plant that lives for more than two years, unlike an Annual which grows, sets seed, gayly disperses it and then dies - all in a single season. Perennial plants are divided into two large groups: those that are woody and those that are herbaceous. They can be short-lived (only a few years) or they can be long-lived, and can vary in size from only a few millimeters to over 10 meters tall. They include a wide assortment of plant groups from Ferns to the highly diverse flowering plants like Orchids and Ornamental Grasses.
Perennials typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next. These structures include bulbs, tubers, woody crowns, rhizomes plus others. They might have specialized stems or crowns that allow them to survive periods of dormancy over cold or dry seasons during the year. Many perennials have adapted to survive under extreme environmental conditions: some can survive hot dry conditions, or cold temperatures. These plants tend to invest a lot of resource into their adaptations and often do not flower and set seed until after a few years of growth.
Many perennials produce relatively large seeds, which can have an advantage as they produce larger seedlings after germination that can better compete with other plants or more quickly develop leaves, ensuring their survival.
In warmer climates, perennials grow continuously. In seasonal climates, their growth is limited to the growing season. For example, in temperate regions a perennial plant may grow and bloom during the warm part of the year, with the foliage dying back in the winter. These plants are deciduous perennials. Regrowth is from existing stem tissue. In some species, perennials retain their foliage all year round; these are evergreen perennials. Come in and take a look around. We've always got something pretty, perky and persuasive in the perennial line.
Succulent. This succulent shrub has branching woody stems with black leaves which are arranged as rosettes and the flowers are borne on large pyramid shaped racemes. Refresh the bush with a post flower prune. Fully hardy, wind and coastal tolerant. Prefers full sun to part shade.Perennial
Colour: Yellow Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 60cm
A very striking looking agapanthus with near black, dark purple coloured flowers in summer. Plant in full sun to part shade. Protect from frost when young. Great for mass planting and borders. Hardy. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Purple Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.75m
Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller' is larger and more robust than the species, forming mounds of lobed, grayish-green fuzzy leaves topped by airy yellow flowers in spring. It is best in moist soil in part shade. Great as a groundcover or for cutting.
The common name for this perennial is Lady's Mantle. The wavy edged leaves are meant to represent the cloak or mantle that covered Mary as she travelled to Bethlehem.
Colour: Green / Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Japanese Anemone. Dark green foliage and tall stems of pink open faced flowers that emerge from tight little buds for the late summer and autumn garden. Superb cutting. Plants prefer a rich, moist site. Compact selection with small, semi-double rosy-mauve blossoms. Good for part shade. Perennial
This is tough and hardy and spreads by strong fibrous roots so give it room to spread and you will be well rewarded.
Colour: Pink / Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x spreads
Japanese anemone. One of the glories going into autumn, single pure white flowers with yellow stamens. Flowers inautumn and again in summer. Prefers full sun or shade in well drained soils. Flowerspikes 70cm. Ideal for woodland planting where it will spread quickly. Perennial
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x Spreads
Pretty velvety blooms which are coloured a warm chocolate brown with a fragrance that is reminiscent of chocolate and vanilla. The fragrance is strongest in the warm evening air. Likes the sun, good drainage and needs to be protected from harsh frost. Perennial.
It is important that Cosmos does not get too cold and wet in the winter as the tuber that is below ground may tend to rot. The plant originates from Mexico so is used to warm conditions.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 45cm
Like a fat slice of dark chocolate cake for your garden, this near-black succulent produces dense clumps of rosettes with leaves emerging green before darkening to a sumptuous chocolatey brown. Easy to grow in soil with good drainage. Extra showy, bright red flowers appear in Autumn or Winter. Tolerates some shade, but chocolate colour is best in full sun. Evergreen
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25cm x 25cm
This succulent quickly forms lots of tidy rosettes of fleshy blue/grey leaves edged with pink. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Hardy and fast growing . Great for planting in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x spreads
Moodz Glory is from a fantastic improved series of Echinacea that have a shorter bushier habit but still have huge flower power. Ideal for hot dry spots, providing a long lasting splash of colour. Course dark green leaves and large white daisy like flowers with yellow spiky cones from summer till first frost. Perennial
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Moodz Joy is from a fantastic improved series of Echinacea that have a shorter bushier habit but still have huge flower power. Ideal for hot dry spots, providing a long lasting splash of colour. Course dark green leaves and large warm orange daisy like flowers with spiky orange cones from summer till first frost. Perennial
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Moodz Shiny is from a fantastic improved series of Echinacea that have a shorter bushier habit but still have huge flower power. Ideal for hot dry spots, providing a long lasting splash of colour. Course dark green leaves and large soft yellow daisy like flowers with green spiky cones from summer till first frost. Perennial
Colour: Yellow / Green Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Eucomis zambesiaca is a compact and pretty form with attractive soft green leaves and clean white flowers. The pineapple like flower spike consists of masses of white star shaped flowers on a green head. It is the combination of flower and foliage that gives rise to the name Summer Hyacinth. Perennial
Colour: White / Green Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
Pure white butterfly shaped flowers smother the stems, a delight in both the vase and the garden from late spring through to winter. Gaura ‘So White’ has both a clean, disease free foliage and a compact habit. Attracts butterflies. A very easy-care, rewarding perennial which grows easily in sunny situations.
Colour: White Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30/40cmcm x cm
Gaura So White
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A sweet and reliable Iris which has purple blooms in late winter - early spring. Attractive, sword like grey foliage. This Iris spreads by rhizomes which should not be completely covered by soil. Divide clumps every 3 years or so. Plant in the sun and well drained soil. Perennial.
Iris Kochii was originally thought to be a species Iris but it is in fact an ancient natural hybrid. Very easy to grow with a nice tidy habit.
Colour: Purple / White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x spreads
Iris Bearded Kochii
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A tough little Aussie with attractive, lime green needles of foliage that form a neat rounded clump. Will grow in sun or part shade and once established is tolerant of just about any conditions including long dry periods. Looks best planted in groups or drifts. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 40cm
A stunning ornamental grass that continues its strong silhouette through autumn and winter! Vibrant Zebra stripes down its stems provide for wonderful colour interest, not to mention the dramatic flowing form giving structure to the autumn garden. It grows into a dense clump with a strong seed head in late summer. Deciduous
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 0.5m
Black Mondo Grass. This unique perennial has distinctive stiff purple-black foliage which clumps together to form little mounds that can be used as a ground cover or edging. Small lilac flowers appear in summer followed by shiny black berries. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 25cm x spreads
The Passionfruit vine has attractive mauve and white flowers that turn into yummy round dark purple fruit at the end of summer. To do well your vine must be in a sunny, sheltered, well-drained position. Though self-fertile will often to better when 2 are planted together. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve / White Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Climber
Autumn Sage. Aromatic green foliage and slender stems of dark purple flowers from spring to autumn. This Salvia has a more compact and bushy habit than other
Salvias. Trim back spent flower stems to encourage new growth. Plant in the sun and protect from harsh frost. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Purple Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
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Spanish for Love. Amore features jaw droppingly bright blue blooms. Continuously flowering from spring through to the first frosts. It will quickly rebloom after trimming. Cold hardy but will die down in winter. Prefers full sun to part shade. Perennial
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
Originating from Israel this compact little Salvia gives harmony in the form of contrasting white buds that open to gorgeous deep blue petals highlighted behind by a lush green bush. Stunning mass planted, great plant for the border or rockery. Cut back after flowering to maintain shape. Perennial
Colour: Blue / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 30cm
Originating in Israel this compact lush mounding salvia will delight you from late spring to first frost with masses of deep rich blue flower spikes held above the bush. Performs best in well drained soil, cut back by half after flowering to maintain compact bush. Perennial
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 30cm
A bluish-white frosted, dwarf, perennial, succulent, semi-trailing groundcover, shrub that hugs the ground. Very ornamental pale blue colouring in full sun. Fresh winter growth provides extraordinary form and colour contrast when placed with other succulents or a mixed planting. Evergreen
Colour: Red / Yellow Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x spreads
This delicious Strawberry has large, conical shaped, dark red fruit with firm flesh and an excellent flavour. The main crop is ripe around December-January. Shows good disease resistance. Plant in well drained fertile soil and provide afternoon shade for best results. PVR.
To get the very best out of your Strawberry patch look at our 'How to' pages for growing tips.
Aspire forms a bushy, compact, upright clump of dark-green leaves, bearing upright wands of deep rose flower spikes throughout the summer. The ideal size perennial for containers and edging. Perennial.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 30cm