Perennials are the foundation of any garden. These plants die back to the ground in fall, then send up fresh growth in the spring.
Perennials offer tremendous diversity in color, form, bloom time, size, texture, foliage, light and soil requirements, with many being quite fragrant. Their rugged, carefree disposition makes them ideal for beginning gardeners. The varieties we offer are quite hardy in Zone 5, and many establish substantial crowns and root systems that help them tolerate heat and drought.
See below for just a sampling of the perennial varieties we offer.
Flowering is best in full sun. Depending on the type, plants may begin blooming mid-spring, and some continue until fall. Individual blooms only last for a day, but multiple flowers on each stem bloom in succession, extending the overall bloom time for a single plant to about a month.
Clematis are long-lived perennial vines and they have an important role to play in any flower garden. As they scramble up trellises, climb over arbors and thread themselves through other plants, clematis weave a rich tapestry of color and texture
Clematis love the sun, but their roots do not like to be too hot. Be sure to use mulch at the base of the plant to keep their roots cool.
Iris need full sun at least half the day. The majority of iris will bloom in spring or summer. Iris are easy to grow and can survive in almost any soil.
There is an extremely wide variety of colors, ranging from white to almost black; although most common in shades of lavender, purple, white and yellow.
Hens and Chicks, as they are commonly known, are beautiful outdoor succulents prized for their charming appearance and extremely resilient nature. They have a rosette look with a variety of colors and can form dense mats that accent gardens and arrangements. Regardless of droughts, freezes, or poor soil, Sempervivum grow easily and will brighten any planting with eye-catching colors, forms, and textures.
Delosperma is a tough evergreen, mat forming ground cover that blooms all season and has green, cylindrical, succulent foliage. Beginning late Spring, it is covered with 1½" to 2", brilliant blooms in purples, oranges, and yellows and keeps blooming through Fall. Ice Plant is a good fit for borders, edging, rock gardens, and as a ground cover.
Lupines, with their colorful spikes, are some of the most popular garden perennials of them all. The tall, lush spires of vividly colored flowers are like floral traffic cones, compelling you to slow down and take notice. Their blooms attract an array of beneficial pollinators to the garden, including bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Red Hot Poker
It's pretty obvious where kniphofia got its common name, red hot poker. This tough-as-nails, sun-loving perennial produces tall spikes of red, yellow, or bi-colored flowers in mid- to late summer. Red hot poker's flowers are also nectar-rich so they will draw butterflies and hummingbirds from miles around. Plus, even when not in bloom, the lance-shaped foliage of red hot poker adds interest and texture in the garden. Red hot poker grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is rabbit and deer resistant.
Ornamental onion is an easy-to-grow perennial for a sunny spring garden. Long, slender, flat leaves give way to large, multi-flowered clusters of purple flowers. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
Shasta daisies tend to bloom in clumps from 2 to 3 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They bear all-white daisy petals, yellow disk florets, and contrasting glossy, dark green leaves.
Like clockwork, Shasta daisies return every spring or early summer and bloom until early fall and they are terrific for cutting.