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.
This variety of Chives is a vigorous grower with good disease resistance. Nice broad leaves that can be chopped up to add to summer salads etc. Will form a good clump in the vege patch or can be grown in a pot. Prefers the sun and good drainage. Perennial.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x multiplies
Spider plant. Long strappy vareigated foliage of green and cream make this much loved house plant a great selection for filtered light areas in the garden or for hanging baskets. Named after the small offsets that hang from long stems resembling spiders. Evergreen
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 40cm
Superb evergreen perennial for planting under mature trees or in a shady spot. The dark green strap like foliage adds a touch of tropical drama to the garden. Strong stems of deep orange blooms rise above the foliage and add the WOW! Protect from frost.
Colour: Orange Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Exotic tropical looking perennial with broad strap like foliage and large orange flower heads which appear from early spring. Happiest out of direct sunlight therefore ideal for planting in large drifts under deciduous or native trees. The clumps get better and better as they mature. Evergreen.
Clivia are frost tender plants but as they are usually planted under trees this affords them some protection. They do well in a container. They are surface rooted so avoid soil disturbance.
Colour: Orange Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
Spectacular peach blushed flowers are borne in spring time from this exciting Clivia 'Gardenza' Hybrid. The flower spike stands tall above the plant to really show off it's beauty. Great mass planted or in a pot as specimen. Prefers a semi shaded site with some shelter and once established will tolerate dry areas. Easy care plant.
Colour: Pink Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 75cm
Superb evergreen perennial for planting under mature trees or in the shade. The dark green strap like foliage adds a touch of tropical drama to the garden. Strong stems of bright orange-red blooms with a yellow throat rise above the foliage and add some 'pizzaz' to shady spots. Protect from frost.
Pronounced 'klie-vee-a' as named after Lady Clive Duchess of Northumberland and grand-daughter of Clive of India. Want to know more just ask Mr Google.
Colour: Orange / Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 80cm x 80cm
Lily of the Valley. A much loved old-fashioned perennial with dark green leaves and sprays of small, very fragrant, bell-shaped white flowers from late winter to early spring. Prefers a semi-shaded position and moist, humus rich soil. Ideal for ground-cover planting under trees.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x spreading
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Lily of the Valley. A much loved old-fashioned perennial with dark green leaves and sprays of small, very fragrant, bell-shaped pale pink flowers from late winter to early spring. Prefers a semi-shaded position and moist, humus rich soil. Ideal for ground-cover planting under trees.
Colour: Pink / Mauve Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x spreads
Convallaria majalis Rosea
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Deep blue, funnel like flowers are found in abundance on this low maintenance ground cover. Trail it over rocks and walls or would look great trailing from hanging pots. Dense neat habit. Evergreen perennial.
Colour: Blue Habit: Trailing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 50cm