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.
Bluebeard. Dark Knight has gorgeous fragrant deep purple flowers that appear at the end of Summer. This variety is more upright and densely branched than other Bluebeards. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
The perfect plant to add texture and movement to your planting scheme. The arching narrow foliage sways gracefully in the wind. Plumes of creamy green flowers appear in early summer. Hardy and tolerant, easy to grow just about anywhere but prefers a well drained position. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Superb evergreen perennial for planting under mature trees or in a shady spot. The dark green strap like foliage adds a touch of tropical drama to the garden. Strong stems of deep orange blooms rise above the foliage and add the WOW! Protect from frost.
Colour: Orange Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Exotic tropical looking perennial with broad strap like foliage and large orange flower heads which appear from early spring. Happiest out of direct sunlight therefore ideal for planting in large drifts under deciduous or native trees. The clumps get better and better as they mature. Evergreen.
Clivia are frost tender plants but as they are usually planted under trees this affords them some protection. They do well in a container. They are surface rooted so avoid soil disturbance.
Colour: Orange Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Cone Flower. An improved version of what was already a popular and award winning plant. This 'superior' form has large daisy like blooms in tones of carmine red set on purple stems. The blooms are fragrant with large central 'cones'. A top summer-autumn flowering perennial that is hardy and easy to grow.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 45cm
Cone flower with a compact habit with flowers featuring pure white petals overlapping a golden-yellow cone. Coneflowers are sturdy and easy-care perennials that perform best in a sunny location. Removing faded flowers regularly will greatly increase the flowering period.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Cranesbill. Attractively marked foliage with rusty brown centered leaves. Very pale pink, almost white, cup-shaped flowers. Flower continuously in mass to inject a blast of colour over the summer months. Suitable for most positions including full sun and partial shade but do dislike wet or waterlogged sites. Perennial
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Prostrate creeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 60cm
Dense clusters of saucer shaped, heavily veined rich violet flowers appear among deeply divided, mid-green leaves in one burst in midsummer. This vigorous plant quickly forms hummocks of attractive, deeply divided foliage that colours beautifully in autumn. Perennial
This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Colour: Violet / Purple Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 60cm
A great little groundcover or edging plant. Grass-like dark green foliage that forms a clump and spreads. Spikes of dainty white flowers appear in summer and autumn followed by black berries. Drought and shade tolerant. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x spreads
If you want a tough and easy to grow ground cover or edging plant then it would be hard to go past Liriope Royal Purple. Strong grass-like dark green foliage that forms a clump and spreads. Spikes of dainty purple flowers appear throughout summer. Tolerates sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Purple Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x spreads
Gorgeous rosettes of bronze red foliage are topped off with tall stems of vivid red flowers in summer through to autumn. The flowers are loved by birds and butterflies. Happy in the sun in soil that does not dry out in summer. Tolerates light frost. RHS AGM. Perennial.
This perennial will add a real punch of colour to the border or around the pond/stream margins. It is very important that it does not dry out in summer so keep an eye on it especially the first season after planting. Will cope with quite boggy conditions.
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 25cm
AKA as Chilean Guava or Cranberry. A reliable little shrub with tight small leaves in an attractive bronze green shade. Little white flowers in spring are followed by fragrant edible berries. Easy to grow, clips well so can be used for topiary or hedging. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Dwarf Catmint. Go on make the cat happy and plant at least one of this easy care and pretty perennial. Aromatic grey-green foliage topped off with blue flowers that appear off and on from spring to autumn. Tidy with a quick trim and fresh foliage soon appears. Likes the sun and good drainage. Evergreen.
Catmint looks good as a low edging for borders or as a link plant amongst groups of perennials. Cats do love this plant so be prepared to have at least some of it rolled on, licked and generally loved by your cat. This will induce feverish activity followed by deep slumber!
Colour: Blue Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
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
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Native. Dainty deep green leaves that quickly form a low mat of tight foliage. In spring and summer myriads of starry shaped white flowers dance above the foliage, followed by fleshy red berries. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5cm x 200cm
A dainty little mat forming ground-cover with tiny green leaves that get smothered with bright blue, star shaped flowers all summer long. Easy to grow and quite hardy but it is important that it does not completely dry out in summer. Sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 40cm
Rudbeckias are also known as ‘Black Eyed Susans’. A wonderful perennial to give vibrant and cheerful colour from late summer right through approximately 3 months of flowering into late Autumn/Winter. Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’ is a new variety bred for an absolute abundance of gold flowers with a dark black central seed cone, on a neatly compact habit. Perennial
Colour: Yellow / Black Habit: Compact rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
Gentian Sage. Bright green, hairy aromatic foliage and stems of vivid blue, tubular flowers in summer and autumn. Very striking and lovely for the mixed border. Prefers protection from afternoon sun and harsh frost. Dies down after flowering to tuberous roots. Perennial.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm