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.
A beautiful perennial with double white flowers that`s habit is semi-trailing. Looks great in the garden as a grounder cover or in a pot or hanging basket cascading over the sides. Flowers for a long season and drought tolerant once established. Perennial
Flower Colour: White Habit: Semi- cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 40cm
Sweet Flag. This little perennial from Japan forms a clump of flattened green leaves with cream margins 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 Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
Sweet little yellow grass for miniature gardens and fairy gardens. Tufts of spiky yellow foliage make a striking accent in little landscapes and container plantings. Has a very soft smooth feel to the fingertips and sweet fresh scent to the nose.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 15cm
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 Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
Sweet Flag - A miniature little grassy perennial from Japan. Forms neat clumps of weeping 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 Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 10cm
Gorgeous shrub with lacy dark foliage. New foliage emerges green and darkens to a dark purple/black colour. Upward curving spikes of white bottlebrush flowers, which are beautifully scented appear in summer. Prefers moist humus-rich soil conditions and requires a lot of water to grow. Plant in sun to part shade.
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 Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 10cm
Current Stock Height: 10/15 cm ?
Container: 2l ?
New stock expected Middle of January, 2023. Pre-order now. Estimated price $18.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
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 Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
Agapanthus Baby Pete
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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: Clumping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm