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.
Crystal White is a mossy type, bearing white flowers on short stems above a neat cushion of green foliage. There are no drawbacks to growing Saxifraga - they are easy to grow, and most are hardy. The only problem they really have is that they can make the plants they are next to look dull. Enjoys a position in full sun with good drainage. Evergreen.
Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 40cm
A great little perennial plant which forms a tight mound of green foliage. From late winter until spring it is smothered with bright pink star like flowers. Enjoys a position in full sun with good drainage. An excellent little plant for rockeries, can also be grown in containers. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 40cm
Plants form a low cushion or mound of bright green leaves, bearing short stems of upward facing, cup-shaped red flowers in spring. A great choice for the partially shaded rock garden, wall garden or scree. Likes a cool, moist location. Perennial. Evergreen
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Mounding Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 30cm
A striking perennial with masses of "pin-cushion" blooms that appear above the dark green foliage on sturdy stems. The blooms are a deep crimson red shade speckled with the odd fleck of white. Flowers from spring to the end of summer. Sun or part shade. Perennial. PVR.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 60cm
Scabiosa Crimson Cloud
Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm ?
Container: 1.5l ?
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This magical plant will dazzle you year round with myriads of fragrant, purple pincushion flowers. These are loved by Red Admiral Butterflies. Perfect for mass planting in the perennial border. Happy in sun or partial shade. Remove dead flower heads to encourage repeat flowering. Perennial.
Colour: Purple Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 40cm
Scabiosa Vivid Violet
Current Stock Height: 10 cm
Container: 1.5l ?
New stock arriving beginning of September, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $17.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
This has to be one of the easiest & quickest plants to grow. Golden lime coloured fat little succulent leaves that quickly form a spreading mound. Yellow flowers in summer. Will grow in sun or part shade & once established will tolerate drought. Also looks quite funky in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x spreads
Golden Japanese Stonecrop. This sedum has rounded lime green and golden coloured leaves and a dense spreading habit. Does not like direct sunlight so will grow best in shade to part shade. Great as a groundcover.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5cm x 30cm
Sedum Makinoi Ogon
Current Stock Height: 5 cm
Container: 1.5l ?
New stock arriving beginning of October, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $16.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
Stachys byzantina Bella Grigio.... such a fancy name for Lambs ears but this is not just any lambs ear but a gorgeous lambs ear. Slim, tapered silvery leaves to about 50 cm tall culminating in spires covered in pink florets. Put this one on your must have list, we have. Perennial
Colour: Pink Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 100cm
Senecio Bella Grigio
Current Stock Height: 25/30 cm ?
Container: 1.5l ?
New stock arriving beginning of October, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $19.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.