Perennial (n) - existing for a long or indefinite time, continually recurring
Perennials, also known as herbaceous perennials or Herbaceous plants, live for a minimum of 2 years, often for many seasons. Perennials, grow and bloom over the spring and summer, and generally die back every autumn and winter, reappearing on the same rootstock the following spring. Some perennials keep their leaves all year round and offer attractive borders and ground-covers.
Set your garden on fire with this brightly coloured daisy. The large, radiant blooms are a combination of maroon and yellow stripes set against dark green foliage. Loves a well drained, sunny spot and protection from harsh frost. Will form a large clump with plenty of flowers. Perennial.
Colour: Brown / Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 50cm
Large semi double flowers in shades of lemon and pale yellow make this perennial daisy a winner. The flowers appear from spring through autumn. Happiest in warm sunny position and tolerant of drought, coastal conditions and light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm
This really is a beautiful Gazania with large double flowers in soft tones of amber, honey and terracotta offset with silver-green foliage. Loves a hot well drained position, happy at the beach but best protected from harsh frost. Perennial.
This is one of my favourite plants to combine with terracotta. 'Sunset Jane' will appreciate regular dead-heading and will eventually form quite a large clump.
This is a Gazania with a definite WOW factor. Huge bright red blooms with a dark centre that stand well above the foliage on tall stems. The flowers appear from spring until autumn. Happiest in a warm sunny position, tolerant of drought, coastal conditions and light frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 50cm
Large flamboyant flowers in tones of salmon pink will delight in summer planting schemes. Use as a bedding plant or in pots and containers. Robust, break resistant foliage is mid green. Dead head regularly to encourage more blooms. Loves the sun and good drainage and protection from harsh frost. Evergreen, perennial.
Colour: Salmon / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 35cm
Cranesbill. This plant was awarded RHS Plant of the Century at Chelsea 2013. A favourite of mine as it is easy care and flowers its head off from summer to autumn. Attractive grey-green foliage and loose clusters of long lasting mauve blooms. Likes sun or part shade and well drained soil. PVR.
If necessary during the long flowering period of 'Rozanne' you can give the plant a light trim all over to reinvigorate. It bounces back very quickly.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 40cm
The creme de la creme of the hardy Gerbera family, which will flower continuously for three seasons.Bred to produce larger flowers than their older sisters, you will have an abundance of cut flowers for your home from spring until autumn. Easy to grow and low maintenance, happy in borders and containers. Prefer well-drained soil in sun. Perennial
Colour: Pink Habit: Clump forning Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 40cm
A popular perennial with florists because of the sprays of double white fragrant flowers held above the foliage on wiry stems. Does well in a sunny well drained spot. Cut back the first flush of flowers to encourage re-bloom. Doesn't like being moved so choose your planting spot well.
Though Gypsophila is hardy it is seldom very long lived - good drainage and deep alkaline soil that is not too heavy will help it thrive. Calcium and magnesium help keep the pH high and a side dressing of a little Lime wouldn't hurt either.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 100cm
The silver-grey leaves of this South African perennial will combine well with other foliage colours. Forms a nice mat and in spring pretty 'papery' white flowers stand above the leaves. Loves the warmth and good drainage. Tolerates light frost only. Evergreen.
Colour: White Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 20cm x 45cm
Heuchera ‘Black Taffeta’ offers silky black foliage which is deeply ruffled and textured. Leaves are larger, darker and shinier than ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ and the climate tolerance of this Heuchera, being a cross of villosa, micrantha and sanguinea, is second to none. The darker the foliage generally the more sun tolerant so ‘Black Taffeta’ can be expected to be more sun tolerant than most.
Colour: White Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 30cm