Perennial plants add colour and seasonal interest to the garden from April to November, often attracting bees and butterflies to their blooms, and making great cut flowers too.
Perennials are easy to grow, and incredibly versatile. They can be used as fillers between shrubs, groundcover beneath trees, grown in containers or planted on their own to create a classic herbaceous border, providing an easy alternative to annual flowers, returning each year and growing larger as they mature.
There are plenty of perennial plants to choose from but for some inspiration, take a look at our infographic of our top ten perennial plants for an easy and reliable display.
Although technically a shrub, we have to mention Lavender as one of our top perennial plants! Well-loved for its fragrant summer flowers and scented silver-green foliage this hardy, evergreen shrub is so versatile, for edging, hedging, borders and containers. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies have good drought tolerance, coping well with light, sandy soils. They also make superb cut flowers or even cake flavouring and decoration!
Sedums, also known as Stonecrop, are superb for their late summer and autumn colour, often flowering into November! With fantastic tolerance to poor conditions, Sedums are one of the easiest plants to grow in the garden. For a perennial border, choose Sedum spectabile (Ice Plant) which has a neat, upright growth habit and succulent, grey-green leaves. Tiny star-shaped, normally pink flowers are borne in dense, flat, cymes from August through to late autumn. Lleave the faded flower heads intact for winter interest.
Rudbeckia are reliable and popular perennials, valued for their long-lasting, splash of colour in late summer and early autumn. Sunny yellow, red or orange petals surround prominent conical centres of green, brown or black which are attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. The neat, bushy upright growth of Rudbeckia fulgida fits in nicely among other perennial plants. Rudbeckia hirta are short-lived perennials and are often treated as biennials. Plant Rudbeckia as part of a mixed or herbaceous border, or alongside ornamental grasses for a prairie-style look.