Perennial Plants

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The Many Gardening Advantages Of Planting Perennials


Gardeners love perennials because they are long-lived and easy to grow. Though they may not be as showy as annuals, which only last a season, they bring color, texture, and interest to any garden throughout the year. They are robust and versatile, and many thrive in a wide range of hardiness zones. Some perennials do best in full sun, part sun, part shade or even full shade. They are found in herbaceous borders, cutting gardens, winding and formal beds and rock gardens. Here are some perennials and the benefits they bring to a garden:

Meadowsweet — Filipendula
This flower is hardy from zones 3 to 9 and flowers in spring and summer. The plant grows from 1 to 7 feet tall, and taller varieties are excellent for the back of a herbaceous border. Meadowsweet has feathery plumes of white and pink that last a long time and fine-textured foliage. This plant is an excellent choice for those shady parts of the garden that are always moist or even soggy. A variety of meadowsweet called dropwort is famous for self-seeding.

Sea Holly -- Eryngium
In contrast with meadowsweet which likes its soil soggy, sea holly is the plant for the dry area of the garden. Sea holly grows well in hardiness zones 4 to 9 and prefers full sun. It is a plant to pick for its foliage because its flowers are tiny and blue, though the bracts that surround them are spiny and silvery green or gray-green. The leaves resemble those of holly and give the plant its name.

Hellebore -- Helleborus
This is the flower for gardeners who can’t wait. It is also called the Christmas rose because it blooms in winter in hardiness zones 3 to 8. The cup-shaped flowers are green, purple, pink or white, and the green leaves are shaped like hands. Hellebore is a plant that not only blooms early but is excellent for a shade garden.