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.
Sweet Flag. This little perennial from Japan forms a clump of flattened green leaves on short rhizomes both of which have a sweet cinnamon fragrance, especially when dried. Ideal for boggy spots or at pond/stream edges. Quite hardy and easy to grow. Semi-evergreen.
Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 0.3m x 0.3m
Dwarf. Ultra-miniature agapanthus growing to only 10cm high which features classic pure white double blooms which appear above the foliage all summer and reaching just 20cm in height. Evergreen. Perennial
Flower Colour: White Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 10cm x 10cm
Dwarf Agapanthus. Wide strap-like leaves of dark green that quickly form a tidy clump. The summer flowers are a soft mauve-blue shade flowering just above the foliage. The flowers do not set viable seed and are therefore considered 'eco-friendly'. Happy in the sun. Tough as! Perennial.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 30cm x 30cm
Beautiful vibrant blue flowers, low compact and bushy. With its strappy leaves it adds a contrast to leafy plants. Great as a bulk planting for very low maintainance. Long term flowering. Drought tolerant. Evergreen. Dead head once all flowers have finished.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 50cm x 50cm
Agapanthus Berts Brook
Expected Stock Height: 20/30 cm ?
New stock expected Spring, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price $21.99. Payment on order.
Dwarf Agapanthus. Gorgeous two tone flowers, white with blue base. Flower on stems to 80cm complimented with low, wide, strappy foliage. This agapanthus has versatility in your garden space. Excellent for defining spaces, drought tolerant, average soil and repeat flowering. Low care, high return. Evergreen
Flower Colour: White / Blue Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 80cm x 60cm
Agapanthus Blue Ice
Expected Stock Height: 20/35 cm ?
Currently sold out. Add to your waitlist to be advised when next in stock.
A dwarf Agapanthus white fresh green strappy foliage topped off with gorgeous white flowers for months on end. The flowers are eco-friendly in that they are virtually sterile, i.e. seedless. For maximum impact plant in large drifts. Evergreen.
Flower Colour: White Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 50cm x 50cm
Lovely compact and unique variety of dense flower heads with soft lilac blue flowers later in summer than other Agapanthus. This variety has an extended flowering season. Tidy clump former and also tough & hardy.
This dwarf variety developed in NZ is highly valued as it does not easily set seed. With a generous flowering habit and rounded flower heads that are shaded an intense blue it is a worthy garden plant. Easy to grow. Happiest in sun but will tolerate part shade. Perennial. PVRHOM162
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): Spreading
A very reliable and popular Agapanthus for mass planting and deservedly so. Neat narrow green leaves topped off by sky blue flowers that appear en masse in late spring through to late summer. Trouble free and easy to grow in sun or part shade. Perennial.
Flower Colour: Blue Habit: Clump Forming Mature Size (HxW): 50cmcm x cm
Agapanthus Peter Pan
Expected Stock Height: 15/25 cm ?
New stock expected Middle of November, 2023. Waitlist now. Estimated price TBA. Payment on order.