My Life in Blossom

Perfect Perennials: Ideal Flowers and Plants That Keep On Giving


When it comes to adding color and variety to your garden, planting perennial flowers is a no-brainer. They’re colorful, easy to grow, keep coming back for more, and they can be the showpiece of any landscaping project. But What Are Perrenials?

Perennials Definition

Technically, a perennial is any plant that grows for more than two years, including shrubs and trees. But when it comes to gardening, the term is more commonly used to refer to plants with little or no woody growth – especially small flowering plants – that, once planted, reappear in your garden over many years. (As opposed to annuals and biennials that need to be replanted every year or two years).

Some Popular Perrenials

  • Geraniums love warm, dry weather and are often used for borders, and come in a wide range of shapes and colors.
  • Daisies come in so many different varieties, there’s sure to be one perfect for your climate and tastes.
  • Salvias are another perennial that loves warm, dry weather and are the favorites of hummingbirds, especially red salvias.

Photo by Richard Loader

  • Chrysanthemums deliver spectacular blooms and provide a highlight to your garden each and every year.
  • Lilies also come in a wide range of varieties. So do your research and pick the one that’s best for you.
  • Lily of the Valley prefers shade and moist soil but is well worth planting because of its gorgeous perfume.
  • Agapanthus are tropical wonders that produce colorful globes of blue or white flowers and are perfect for adding something striking to your garden borders.
  • Evening Primrose is so easy to grow that you might find it challenging to keep this little wonder from spreading throughout your garden.
  • Forget Me Nots have dainty blue flowers that can be used to add some subtle highlights to any flowerbed.
  • Sweet Peas love cool climates, and you often notice their delightful scent before you see them.
  • Lavender can be grown in just about any garden, and their cuttings can be dried and preserved to add color inside your home as well.

Tips For Growing Perrenials

Not every perennial is the same, so you’ll need to do some research and do some thinking about which perennials are most suited for your garden. You’ll also need to consider where and when to plant your different perennials and establish a range of plants so that your garden is full of blooms at different times of the year.

Ensure you prepare your soil before planting, guaranteeing it has good drainage, but use fertilizer sparingly. Make sure you pot your bare-root perennials as soon as possible. Be patient, and give your new planting times to settle while keeping your eye out for weeds.

In the longer term, make sure you cut back deadheads, and be prepared to divide and replant (or share) your perennial plants every 3 to 6 years. Also, be aware that some perennials can become quite invasive, so keep an eye out for any fugitives from your garden bed.

And finally, don’t worry if some of your plants die. Not all of your choices will be perfect. Dig them up, and start afresh with something different.

An Interview with Harry Simpson