‘Moonshine’ is one of the most popular yarrows with ferny, silver-green foliage and sulfur-yellow blooms … Continued
Browsing plants: perennials that last
Perennials are plants which are expected to live longer than two years, unlike annuals, which live for one growing season, and biennials, which need two growing seasons to mature and go to seed. Perennials may go to seed every year and often die back to the ground, but their root systems continue to live and the plants will continue growing. Some perennials are considered to be short-lived, but because they self-seed so readily they appear to live much longer.
Not all plants are perennial in all areas. Some can be killed by freezing temperatures, excessively dry conditions, or other growing conditions. This is why hardiness zones are so important. Knowing what zone you garden in will allow you to determine what plants will survive in your area. As of the 2012 USDA hardiness map, the region in which Vinland Valley Nursery is located is Zone 6a.
Perennial plants have a shorter blooming season than annuals since their survival doesn’t depend upon creating as much seed. However, many plants bloom for weeks, and with careful planning and a diversity of plants in the garden, you can keep things pretty colorful from early spring through frost.
Eye-catching spikes of lavender-blue flowers open from late summer to early fall. Each individual flower … Continued
This Asian campanula relative grows to 30” tall, with spikes of flaring lavender-blue bells summer … Continued
Densely foliaged fast covering groundcover with silver edged leaves, this easy to grow plant sports … Continued
Agastache foeniculum ‘Black Adder’ (giant hyssop) is an excellent pollinator plant, ornamental and herbal. Both flowers … Continued
Plants form a tight rosette of short, wide, grey-green leaves with a contrasting reddish-brown margins … Continued
Narrow, burgundy leaves grow only 4″ high and are topped in late spring by purple-blue … Continued
Dark burgundy to black foliage with bright blue flowers makes a great low-mainetance groundcover that … Continued
Blue flower spikes in spring above variegated white, green, and burgundy foliage. Tolerant of deep … Continued
Oval, glossy dark green leaves grow in clusters of five. Vines produce dangling purple flowers … Continued
This less-known variety of hollyhock is native to Siberia and was introduced at the end … Continued
An excellent border plant or groundcover, blooms in early summer. Airy sprays of greenish-yellow hover … Continued