White edged leaves in compact, upright clumps make a nice color contrast. Pink plumes on … Continued
browsing plants: perennials that last
Perennials are plants that 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 in 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.
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Low-growing mounds of cut-leaves are covered with large, purple, cup-shaped flowers all summer. Can self-seed … Continued
24″ upright stems are abundantly covered with glossy, purple, 2-in. long bell-shaped flowers. This reblooming … Continued
This relative of the artichoke has edible roots and stalks, but you won’t want to … Continued
Easily grown in medium to wet soils in part shade to full shade. Thrives in … Continued
Bright gold grassy foliage has thin green margins. A moisture-loving plant for shade for texture … Continued
Mounding fountain of ribbon-like white-striped green foliage add texture to dappled sun and shade garden. … Continued
Low sedge with soft, delicate, arching, semi-evergreen leaves in clumps up to 8″ tall, this … Continued
Creamy yellow leaves have dark green edges, and clumps cascade to the ground in a … Continued
Wide, strappy leaves measuring 1/4 to 1/2 inch across, this carex makes a bold statement … Continued
This fragrant late summer bloomer sends up aromatic, whorled, blue-flowering spikes over striking bright chartruese … Continued
A deciduous twining woody vine best known for its showy red-orange berries that brighten up … Continued