Perennials

 In Tree and Shrub Guides

However, to gardeners and horticulturists, the term ‘Perennial’ refers to plants which are herbaceous in nature, and perennial. Herbaceous plants, unlike trees and shrubs, produce soft stems that die back each winter and re-emerge the following spring. Perennial or herbaceous plants are very popular.  They are very versatile, easily maintained, can give colour throughout the year.

Listed below are some general recommendations for planting.

More advice is available at the Garden Centre or you could consult the many excellent books on our book department.

General recommendations

Wet And Boggy Areas

  • Astilbe
  • Caltha
  • Carex
  • Darmera
  • Filipendula
  • Hosta
  • Iris Ensata
  • Iris Laevigata
  • Iris Pseudocorus
  • Ligularia
  • Lobelia
  • Lysimachia
  • Lythrum
  • Osmunda
  • Primula
  • Rodgersia
  • Scrophularia
  • Trollius
  • Trachystemon
  • Saxifraga
  • Senecio
  • Stachys Cretica
  • Verbascum

Dry soils

  • Acanthus
  • Anemone
  • Artemisia
  • Baptisia
  • Chelone
  • Digitalis
  • Echinops
  • Epimedium
  • Euphorbia
  • Geranium Macrorrhizum
  • Gypsophila
  • Iris
  • Lamium Galeobdolon
  • Lychnis Coronaria
  • Matthiola
  • Pilosella
  • Rhodiola
  • Sedum
  • Salvia Sclarea

Poor soils

  • Acanthus
  • Achillea
  • Carlina
  • Centranthus
  • Cichorium
  • Echinops
  • Epilobium
  • Eriophyllum
  • Erysimum
  • Galega
  • Hesperis
  • Knautia
  • Lamium
  • Linaria
  • Lychnis Coronaria
  • Oenothera
  • Origanum
  • Plantago
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