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.
Maori Potatoes. Great for Hangi and in salads. Mature in approx 120 days. Slightly elongated tubers. The skin colour is pink,
mottled with yellow. The flesh is yellow and when boiled the tubers remain reasonably firm.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright
Current Stock Height: 1 Kg
Container: 1kg ?
New stock arriving beginning of August, 2020. Pre-order now. Estimated price $12.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
A dainty little mat forming ground-cover with tiny green leaves that get smothered with bright blue, star shaped flowers all summer long. Easy to grow and quite hardy but it is important that it does not completely dry out in summer. Sun or part shade. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 40cm
Native. A dainty ground-cover with fleshy green leaves and a myriad of white, star shaped blooms with a sweet honey fragrance. Flowers appear from spring to autumn and are followed by little berries. Plant in sun or shade in well drained soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Ground cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: G/C
The Pomegranate is a beautiful and highly ornamental shrub and a producer of highly decorative and nutritious fruit. New growth is bronze -green, in summer there are bright orange flowers which develop into large, burnished red fruits. The fruit is high in Vitamin C, B5, Potassium and anti-oxidants. Deciduous.
Popular in Spanish and Middle Eastern Cusine the Pomegranate has also been seen as a symbol of fertility through-out the ages mainly because of the high seed count in the fruit. Easy to grow in a sunny well drained spot with protection from harsh frost.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2.5m
Punica Granatum Wonderful
Current Stock Height: 25/35 cm ?
Container: 2.5l ?
New stock arriving beginning of July, 2020. Pre-order now. Estimated price $29.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
This is a lovely vigorous variety that will keep providing you with gorgeous bright red stems for cooking all year round. Grown commercially for it's large red stems and it's ability to multiply quickly. High disease resistance. Do not eat the leaves or feed to stock. Evergreen.
Rhubarb loves to be fed regularly with compost or any well rotted organic material. The clump will respond well to liquid fertilizer as well. The crowns will get quite large and should be divided every 3 or 4 years.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
A gorgeous new stunning bright, almost luminous red stemmed variety, This variety is slighlty bigger, evergreen with their stems staying red when cooked. Will look great in any crumble, pie, sauce or cullinary favourite you prefer. Do not eat the leaves or feed to stock. Evergreen.
A special selection from Robinson's Nursery that obviously came from Gran's garden. Nice red stalks and a great flavour. Plant in humus rich soil that does not completely dry out in summer. Feed regularly with organic matter. Do not eat the leaves or feed to stock. Perennial.
Colour: Cream Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.3m x 0.3m
Another gorgeous new variety that colours up right from the start with pink inside. Medium sized and compact reduces wind damage. The stems maintain their redness when cooked. Will look great in any crumble, pie, sauce or cullinary favourite you prefer. Cold tolerant. Do not eat the leaves or feed to stock. Evergreen.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm