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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 in your garden.

Types of Perennials

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.

Grasses

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.

Foliage-Focused

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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Breck's
$19.99 $9.74

One of the tallest hostas available, Fragrant Fire's glossy, variegated leaves grow up to 3' wide. Stems are reddish at the base. ...White blooms are sweetly fragrant in summer. Just as hearty and easy to grow as traditional hostas. read more

Springhill Nursery
$17.49

Delight in huge, thick, corrugated leaves that retain their blue color throughout the summer. This outstanding hosta grows 20-24 t...all with a 34-38 spread. Its leaves are uniquely rippled and cupped. In mid to late summer, white buds open on scapes... read more

Springhill Nursery
$17.49

Cover a huge area and create a focal point in your shade garden. Grows 3-4' tall with an 8-9' spread. Pale lavender flowers attrac...t hummingbirds when they bloom in early to midsummer. Plant in full to partial shade. Bareroot. Zones 3-9. Hosta 'Empress... read more

Springhill Nursery
$17.49

Add dramatic color to your shaded areas with this exceptional hosta, considered the best of the 'Tiara' Series. Its light green le...aves have wide, chartreuse edges. With its compact, mounding growth habit, it's ideal for edging. In midsummer, dark... read more

Flowering

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.

Product Features

Product Features

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.

Bloom Season

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.

Hardiness Zone

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.

Full-Grown Size

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.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

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.

Bare Root vs. Container Grown

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.

Potential Invasiveness

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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Breck's
$27.99 $14.24

Vibrantly lovely and fragrant, too, this gorgeous rebloomer adds colour and brilliance to sunny summer gardens. Bright golden peta...ls surround a rich red eye highlighted by a bright green throat. Stunning when planted en masse or as a border planting. An alluring perfume only adds to its charm and makes Brookwood Lee Causey a real must-have in any daylily lover's display. Drought tolerant. Hemerocallis. read more

Breck's
$24.99 $12.74

Striking rebloomer is a true standout. Generous 6" blooms have a feminine appeal���creamy-white flowers have a ruffled purple edge... and matching purple eye zone with a green throat. Exceptional bloom performance! Drought tolerant. Hemerocallis read more

Breck's
$24.99 $12.74

This drought-tolerant performer has a natural resistance to many pests and diseases. Cream-coloured, trumpet-shaped flowers with r...ecurved and ruffled petals are 6" wide with deep maroon eyes and striking green throats. Drought tolerant. Hemerocallis read more

Breck's
$27.99 $14.24

This deep, dark maroon bloom is the absolute darkest-coloured daylily you can find. Add drama to your landscape or mystery to your... containers with this prolific rebloomer. Large 6" flowers feature ruffled edges and a green throat. Rabbit and drought tolerant. Hemerocallis read more

Breck's
$21.99 $11.24

������Stout Medal Winner from American Hemerocallis Society 1985������ This award-winning dwarf daylily has become a garden favour...ite. With its steady succession of bell-shaped, 2��" golden flowers, versatile size and super-long blooming period, Stella de Oro is in a class by itself. Hardy, trouble-free plants will bring sunny beauty to your garden, borders or containers year after year. Space 15���20" apart. Drought tolerant. Hemerocallis. read more

Breck's
$59.99 $22.49

This low-growing mixture is tops for adding formal beauty and fragrance to sunny borders and pathways. Chosen by our Dutch bulb ex...perts for colour and performance, these incredible varieties will increase in beauty and vigour as time goes on. read more

Breck's
$21.99 $11.24

Each pristine white petal is edged with nature's own chocolate-black eyeliner. These breathtaking lilies are so unique, they will ...change the entire complexion of your garden. Newly developed from a cross between longiflorum and Asiatic hybrids, these luxurious naturalizing lilies are for those who demand only the best. Exceptional blooms accessorize well with a heavenly fragrance to create grand bouquets. Lilium longiflorum x asiatic read more

Breck's
$24.99 $12.74

The blooms of our Pumpkin Bandit Reblooming Daylily will steal your heart! Dark yellow, 5��" flowers are finely edged in brownish-...black and feature a green throat and brownish-black centres. This rebloomer is a perfect choice for naturalizing, will attract butterflies, and is rabbit-resistant. Drought tolerant.Hemerocallis read more

Breck's
$24.99 $12.74

This lily is truly unique���simply the darkest lily you'll find. Distinctive plant produces the deepest velvety red, long-lasting ...flowers that are nearly black in appearance. Will return year after year to beautify beds, borders and bouquets. Plant with white lilies to create a truly incredible, diverse mix. Lilium asiatic read more

Breck's
$19.99 $9.74

One of the tallest hostas available, Fragrant Fire's glossy, variegated leaves grow up to 3' wide. Stems are reddish at the base. ...White blooms are sweetly fragrant in summer. Just as hearty and easy to grow as traditional hostas. read more

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