Perennials are the most dependable plants of all. You could plant them once and then you can reap the beautiful rewards all through the year. Perennials are easy to care for and come in such immense varieties that any gardener would find it hard not to plant them. Each plant has its own lifespan and blooming period. They change with every season and become renewed adornments for your garden. So, here is a list of some fabulous perennials.
Not to be confused with hydrangea when flowering or with cranberry bushes when bearing fruit, Viburnum Opulus, also known as snowball or European cranberry bush, comes in three varieties – Compactum, Roseum and Xanthocarpum. This perennial bush can grow up to 1.5m in height and is happy in damp, even boggy soils, or any normal garden soil without long dry spells. The foliage starts in spring and has five pointed maple-leaf like shape. It starts to bloom during the months of May and June and bears red really tart cranberry-like fruit from autumn till winter. The leaves turn purplish fiery red before falling by the end of autumn.
Also known as coneflowers these flowering plants belonging to the family of daisies are bee and butterfly attracters. Easy to grow and very tough, they come in a wide variety of colors. Echinacea grows in well-drained fertile soils with lots of sun and the ground mulched as less as possible. Unlike other perennials these beauties are unfortunately short-lived. However, they do make up for it by bringing out the wild charm of your garden along with light bodied grass plants during the months of autumn when their petals fall off leaving the seedy heads on their stems.
Periwinkles are easy and fast growers. They bloom with purple, purple-blue or white flowers lush glossy leaves and are perfect if you have a difficult growing spot in your garden.As they grow and spread they can cover a lot of ground with their purple glory and care must be taken so they won’t take up more space than you want them to. They are also good for growing in pots and containers in which their spread can be contained. They are very low maintenance, will help prevent soil erosion on slopes and attract birds.
Looking slightly like lavender and surprisingly belonging to the mint family, salvias come in not just that lavender like blue, but also in bright reds, pinks, whites and yellows. They can be grown in containers, as beds and borders and look marvelous when planted with wild grass or in meadow-like gardens. They attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Depending on the variety they grow in both sunny and partially shady areas and need moist soil.
With tiny compact flower heads, verbenas can grow independent of soil type as long as it is well-drained. They come in purples, blues, pinks, whites, reds and even in combinations. They are very sunny plants, need lots of sun and can withstand hot climates and droughts.So plant them only if you are sure to have enough sunshine. Start them from seeds during the autumn or spring. Keeping verbenas trimmed and cared for will yield flowers all through the summers.
Native to Europe and Asia, dianthus caryophyllus are popularly known as carnations or clove pink. They have the most wonderful bloom with multiple layered richly hued petals that are a delight for any gardener. They prefer fertile and well-drained soils with as less moisture as possible around the stem. They love slightly alkaline soil, so if the soil needs it add a little bit of lime to it.
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