Whilst shrubs are considered the backbone of the garden, it is the perennial that helps to provide the ‘wow factor’, the continuity of flower colour and the changing depth in the garden border.
Perennial plants provide flowers in our gardens year after year. They are planted together to create herbaceous and mixed borders, which peak in interest in summer and early autumn. However, they can provide colour through much of the year (except the depths of winter) with careful planning and planting.
The term ‘perennials’ is used loosely by gardeners to indicate those plants which grow in beds and borders, which are not trees, shrubs or bulbs. They are the ‘summer colour’, the ‘border flowers’ and make up a ‘flower garden’.
The two terms commonly used by gardeners are:
- Perennials This is used for all non-woody perennial plants, including herbaceous perennials. It includes those which are evergreen or semi-evergreen such as Bergenia (elephant’s ears), epimedium, hellebore, Stipa gigantea (an ornamental grass).
- Herbaceous perennials differ in that all the stems die back in late autumn and early winter. The roots then survive below ground during winter, shooting again in spring. Well known examples include delphinium, geranium, miscanthus (an ornamental grass) and sedum.
Throughout the season we offer a wide range of garden perennials with up to 200 different varieties stocked.
We offer a range of sizes to cater for all budgets with our displays and promotions changing weekly for inspiration, interest and value.