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.


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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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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