Perennials Buying Guide
What's not to love about perennials? They come back year after year, supply blooms in nearly every color of the rainbow, and if given the right care to get established, perennials reward with robust growth and beauty.
Types of Perennials
The hardest thing about filling a garden with perennials is choosing which ones to tend. There are literally thousands of these types of flowers, distinguished by their renewed growth year after year. There are perennials that work well in shade, those that flourish in sun, some that enjoy moist conditions, and others that thrive in dry soil. Whatever your conditions, these essential plants can enhance your landscape. Start by reviewing the three main types of perennials: grasses, foliage-focused, and flowering.
Ornamental grasses have surged in popularity in recent years, thanks to their easy growing habits and distinctive beauty. Grasses work well on their own or integrated into garden beds, and they come in oversize versions as well as dwarf varieties. Most are not pruned in fall, providing sculptural focal points in the garden during wintertime.
While perennials are best known for beautiful blooms, foliage-focused perennials are welcome additions to all types of gardens. Many supply color through their leaves and do well in shade, too.
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Forming neat clumps of heart-shaped, grayish blue leaves about 5in long, 'Hadspen Blue' is a smaller Hosta variety and one of our ...favorite edging plants for paths through shady gardens. It's a great companion for Dicentra 'King of Hearts' or 'Snowdrift', Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema), and silvery Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum pictum). In late summer, pale mauve blooms appear on 14in stems. read more
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A striking, reverse sport of the widely admired 'Patriot' (Hosta of the Year in 1997). The leaves of 'Fire and Ice' have a heavy s...ubstance and a slight twist that creates a sense of movement and draws your eye to their pure white centers and dark green edging. In midsummer, lavender flowers appear on 20in scapes. A midsize Hosta that's showy as a specimen or bedded out in groups. Light shade with a couple of hours of morning sunlight is ideal for Hostas. They flourish in moisture retentive, humus-enriched soils. read more
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Long the standard in blue-leaved Hostas. The rounded leaves measure up to 12in across and 30in tall under good culture, and the gr...ay-green shading on both sides adds greatly to their appeal. The flowers of 'Elegans' are whitish and show in midsummer on 40in stems. Because this graceful beauty tolerates dry shade, we count it among the most valuable garden plants. read more
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Try this Hosta for size! The smooth, heart-shaped leaves measure about 15in long, and a mature plant forms an upright mound 45in a...cross. 'Key West' is a fast-growing hybrid from the Americana Series and will provide a big splash of gold for shady spaces. Bright, filtered light intensifies the golden color. Lavender flowers appear on 36in spikes in early summer. This genus of shade lovers has 70 species, all of them from China and Japan, and hybridizers have produced hundreds of exciting crosses. Hostas have many handsome leaf colorations and lavender or white Lily-like flowers on graceful stalks. Plants prefer a moist location, but we've had a mass planting thrive for more than 30 years under a row of Sugar Maples. (In the South and West, evenly moist soil is required.) Because Hostas are grown primarily for their foliage, the figure next to "ht" is the height of the leaves, not the flowers. For more information on growing and care, click "Growing Guide." read more
There are literally thousands of types of perennials that bloom in nearly every color in the rainbow and every size imaginable, from groundcovers to shrublike growth.
Although perennials may seem easygoing and carefree, homeowners and gardeners of every skill level must take into account certain constraints related to the plants and their location. So before you choose a single-hue garden full of white perennials; a hot-color garden with red, orange, and yellow blooms; or a cool-color collection of purples and pinks, thoroughly review the product features of the plants. Those include bloom season, hardiness zone, and full-grown size. Here's a quick guide to get you started on your perennial journey.
Not all perennials bloom at the same time. Well-planned placement of a group of plants can provide you with different blooms or foliage all growing season long.
Perennials are classed by their USDA Hardiness Zone, which corresponds to historical data about where you live and the extremes that plants can endure. Plants designated for growth outside your Zone likely will not survive year to year.
Perennials range in growth size from low-growing groundcovers to oversize bushlike specimens. What you choose and use depends on the needs of your yard and your preferences.
Perennials are relatively inexpensive, particularly because of their long life. But even a small garden bed can contain valuable specimens that you don't want to lose to ignored purchase considerations. And if you take time in the beginning to review each and every plant, you may find yourself in a few years luckily dividing your perennials -- to add to another garden bed or share with friends and family. So before you put plants into your shopping cart, review these two purchase considerations: bare root versus container grown and potential invasiveness.
Perennials are available for planting either as bare root -- which means no soil is attached to their root structure -- or container grown. Container-grown plants vary in price based on the size of the container.
Some perennials, beloved in the past for blooms and hardy growth, have passed into the realm of invasiveness. Ask your local nursery or investigate the plants yourself to make sure you do not add to this problem.
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Inspired by the art archives at White Flower Farm, artist and passionate gardener Brooke Baker paints each of these miniature Amar...yllis masterpieces in exquisite detail on a 3" frosted glass globe. She then signs it, adds a sage green grosgrain ribbon bow, and tucks it into a cardboard box. Designed exclusively for White Flower Farm. Shipping Included. read more
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