A Long Term Green Relationship
Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Our perennial flowers and vines can provide your garden color, without having to replant every season. Some varieties will prosper and thrive for years in the garden or landscape when they have been planted under ideal conditions. Other varieties have a limited life expectancy, but will return for several years.
There are a few standout shade-bloomers like Astilbe that offer striking splashes of color for weeks at a time. Still, there are literally thousands of sun-loving perennials to choose from, including Daylilies, Rudbeckia, Salvias, and many more.
Stop in today for a personal consultation and talk to our flower professionals to find out which perennial is right for your garden.
Perennials are plants that have roots that survive through the winter months, sending out new growth each spring. Appearing in your garden year after year, they become old friends. Perennials come in many sizes, shapes and colors with various bloom times and periods. It is best to plan your garden by the bloom time of the plant along with the cultural needs (sun/shade and drought-tolerant/water-lovers).
Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’ – No garden is complete without a patch of Bleeding Hearts. This fringed variety is longer blooming than the old-fashioned selections. Rose-pink flowers are borne gracefully above soft green foliage with a slight blue cast that looks fresh all summer. 18-24” tall. Plant in part shade.
Bergenia – spikes of delicate pink blooms soften the bold evergreen foliage of this early blooming perennial in March or April.
Armeria (Sea Pink) – Another evergreen perennial sends out masses of papery pink or white flowers above grass-like clumps of foliage.
Basket of Gold (Aurinia) – Charming yellow flowers float above dense mats of attractive gray foliage on this old-fashioned favorite. Plant in full sun…excellent for a rock garden.
Candytuft (Iberis) – Flat-topped clusters of white flowers cover this evergreen perennial in early spring. Excellent as an edging in a border or use in a rock garden.
Columbine (Aquilegia) – Beloved by hummingbirds, Columbine are also a great cut flower for you! Available in many color shades and bi-color combinations, Columbine is perfect in any border or landscape situation.
Coralbell (Heuchera) – Tiny bell flowers on 1 – 2’ slender stems bloom from spring into summer. Shades of foliage vary from green to pink to deep burgundy. Plant in sun or shade.
Audition Some Autumn Bloomers!
Extend the beauty of your garden with vivid autumn-blooming perennials. When you think of fall-blooming plants, don’t stop at mums – there are many perennials that can add color to your yards at this time of year.
For fall daisies (besides daisy mums!) grow Boltonia or Nippon Daisy. Boltonia is a tall (3 – 4′) grower, suitable as a background plant. White or pink daisies are borne in profusion atop fine grey-green foliage. The Nippon Daisy (Chrysanthemum nipponicum) is covered with large crisp white daisies in October. Both love lots of sun and make excellent cut flowers.
Bold foliaged sedums provide texture as well as color in a sunny place. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is the most well known. It has coppery-pink flower heads. Sedums ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Stardust’, with soft pink and white flowers, respectively, are also attractive. For a totally different color combination plant Sedum ‘Vera Jameson’. It has gray-purple foliage with rose pink blooms and looks stunning when planted with Blue Fescue, Artemesia Silver Mound, and other silver foliaged plants. As an added bonus, all the sedums are attractive to butterflies.
Asters are another fall bloomer that butterflies love. These perennials like sun and moist, well-drained soil. There are many colorful Aster varieties in shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Some favorites include tall-growing Aster ‘Alma Potschke’ with bright pink flowers, blue-flowered Aster ‘Professor Kippenburg’ and low-growing Aster ‘Purple Dome’ with its deep purple blooms.
Sunny yellow Goldenrod (Solidago) is another bright addition to the fall garden. Wrongly blamed as the cause of fall allergy problems, Goldenrod has rightly taken its place in the fall garden. It looks particularly effective combined with blue flowering Plumbago, purple Asters and ornamental grasses.
Even shade gardeners can enjoy late blooming perennials. Tall growing Japanese Anemones are a stately addition to the perennial garden. Bloom colors range from pure white to various shades of pink. Flowers can be single, semi-double or double. Anemones grow well in light to moderate shade and spread quickly to form large clumps. Turtlehead (Chelone) is another fast spreader for shade. Rose pink flowers cover the tops of the plant from early September to October. For a deeply shaded location try Toad Lily (Tricyrtis), which has clusters of beautiful cream flowers, spotted with maroon along its upright stems. For light shade plant Blue Cardinal Flower (Lobelia siphilitica), whose intense blue spikes can be admired from mid-August until frost.
Be sure to ask us how you can add some of the many fall blooming perennials to your landscape.