Perennial Plants

Salvia A wonderful flowering Perennial Plant

The fascinating thing about perennial plants are that they actually include, trees, roses, bulbs, flowers, succulents and much more. We have even though of a place to grow them, and named it the 'perennial border'.

So taking this loose definition we will look at perennial plants in two main types, woody and herbaceous perennials, they are popular garden plants grown mainly for flowers.

But what exactly are perennial plants and what are the best varieties?

All perennials are plants that will flower each year and will grow in the garden for a number of years.

Some are hardy, others are not, and this hardiness mainly refers to the ability of the plants to cope with frost and cold.

So some will be 'half hardy' they will cope with some cold, some are tender, no frosts or cold and to confuse things some are treated as annuals in cold climates but perennials in warmer zones.

Choice Perennials for the Border


With so many to choose from, we look at some of the best perennials for the border, some easy to grow, some simply 'must haves' and all with great flowers.

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What about garden bulbs, are they perennials ?

Well yes they are, but so are trees, vines and some vegetables.

Perennial simply means lasting from one year to the next, its a 'life cycle thing'.

However gardeners refer to the 'perennial border' and generally these are flowering plants.

Best Perennials

This will depend on the climate, soil and personal preferences, we actually like the unusual:

  • Trilliums
  • Dodecatheon
  • Asarum
  • Peonies
  • Arisaema

From that list you can imagine what our garden might look like:

A popular list :

However from 20 years of 'internet gardening' questions and advice a popular 'top 10' list might look like this :

  • Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart Dicentra)
  • Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal)
  • Hosta
  • Iris
  • Echinacea and Rudbeckia
  • Asters
  • Foxgloves
  • Heuchera
  • Lavender
  • Geraniums /Pelargoniums

We also have a soft spot for : Astilbes, Salvias, Sedum, Primula and Hellebores.