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.
Here's something a little different - a variegated Agapanthus. Striking foliage in shades of cream and green combines well with very pretty sky blue flowers that appear in summer. A sterile form that will not seed "willy nily". Forms a compact clump, looks great planted in groups of 3 or more. Perennial.
Colour: Blue Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 60cm
A succession of red tubular blooms that end in a purple bat-like 'face' are topped by a pair of glowing red 'ears' creating the interesting 'bat face' look. This is a tough and reliable low mounding perennial which blooms from late spring to frost. Great for Hummingbirds, mixed containers, and in mass plantings. Enjoy!
What a gorgeous confection of foliage this perennial is. The rose pink leaves are big and bold and deepen in tone to purple-pink. Stems of tiny cream bells appear in summer. Quickly forms a 'berry' nice clump. Happiest in morning sun in soil that does not completely dry out. Perennial.
For full impact use this easy to grow perennial in groups or as an edging plant.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 45cm
Heuchera Fire Alarm has fiery, red hot foliage in early spring and fall. Spikes of pink, bell-shaped flowers shimmy above reddish stems in summer. A superb companion with other seasonal garden color. Provides bold texture and color contrast in mixed containers or borders in bright or dappled shade.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
A simply fabulous foliage plant with undulating leaves in shades of amber, peach and bronze. The little bell flowers appear on stiff stems in summer but really its all about the foliage. Happiest in morning sun in soil that does not dry out completely in summer. Evergreen.
Heucheras look best planted in groups and can be used as an edging or for mass planting under trees. 'Marmalade' has been bred to tolerate sun but really does best with dappled light or morning sun in NZ.
Colour: Brown Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Lavandula. Destined to become a favourite because of its ability to bloom the first year beginning earlier in the season, typically in early summer and lasting into early autumn. The grey-green foliage forms a compact mound topped with plump, rich violet purple flower wands that are perfect for cutting for fresh and dried bouquets. Perennial.
Colour: Lavender / Blue Habit: Bushy compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 40cm
This Aussie perennial is ideal for group planting in sun or part shade. Fine needles of lime-green foliage form an attractive clump and look good all year round. Little stems of yellow fragrant flowers in summer. Tolerates poor soil but likes good drainage. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 50cm
Bred as a hardy hot and dry tolerant ornamental plant, Origanum ‘Bellissimo’ is distinctively different. The aromatic foliage spreads and trails producing deep plum coloured bracts which intensify in colour from late spring throughout summer. Because bracts are responsible for the colourful display means these lovely ground cover plants will retain their showy display right into the Autumn.
riganum ‘Bellissimo’ is extremely tolerant of hot and dry situations therefore lending itself well to ground cover use or in pots or as a showy weeping enhancement to trail over walls and embankments
Colour: Red Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x spreading
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Peony. Dry pack tuber. Fully double flowers loaded with deep pink petals. Highly fragrant flowers that are mid to late season. Likes full sun and a good frost or two as peonies do like the cold in the winter. Plants form an upright bush of dark green leaves, remaining attractive all season. Deciduous.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright bush Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 70cm
Peony. Dry pack tuber. A century-and-a-half after its introduction, this fragrant double remains a standard by which all other white Peonies are judged. Strong stems give the blossoms an aristocratic bearing; a touch of yellow at the base of the dense, ruffled inner petals lights them up with a warm glow. Likes full sun and a good frost or two as peonies do like the cold in the winter. Deciduous.
Colour: White / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 70cm
Peony. Dry pack tuber. Kansas is a bushy peony with huge, absolutely show-stopping fuscia-pink fragrant flowers. This variety has a good bud count, and even the golf-ball sized buds are worth noting. Flowers are double in form, and maintain their density and fullness throughout their bloom time. Deciduous peonies
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 90cm
Peony. Dry pack tuber. This is a red version of the well-known 'Sarah Bernhardt,' large bowl shaped fragrant double blooms, dark green shiny foliage with an upright habit, blooms spring to early summer. Plant in full sun where the frosts are thickest and you will be delighted year after year with it's stunning display. Deciduous peonies
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 70cm
Peony. Dry pack tuber. Dry pack tuber. Peonies are old favorites for late spring display, prized for their large, colourful and fragrant blooms. Plants form an upright bush of dark green leaves, remaining attractive all season. This popular double selection features soft apple blossom pink petals. Late blooming. Exceptional fragrance. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 90cm
This rosemary is a culinary delight and has been especially selected for its fantastic flavour. Lovely to grow in the herb or ornamental garden in a warm sunny spot. Pretty blue flowers that attract bees. Honey, is that roast lamb I smell cooking? PVR.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm