Perennials

Perennials are plants that return to your garden year after year. Most perennials only flower for a few weeks each year but they also provide fabulous greenery all season. There is always a perfect perennial for your garden the requires little maintenance.

  • Black-eyed Susan (Per)

    Black-eyed Susan (Per)

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    This is the classic garden perennial with stunning 5 to 10cm (2-4") wide golden flowers highlighted by a black cone-shaped center. Easily cultivated, Black-eyed Susan are sometimes grown as an annual since they often bloom the first year from seed! With their extreme hardiness and long, trouble-free blooming period they are a favorite addition to perennial gardens, wildflower meadows and flower borders. They also make excellent cut flowers.

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  • Chrysanthemums (Per)

    Chrysanthemums (Per)

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    Abundant with blossoms that are beautiful both in form and colour, 'mums' are an all-time favourite. Sow seeds directly in the garden where you would like to see them bloom, then thin to 23cm (9") apart.

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  • Columbine

    Columbine

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    Superb shade tolerant plants with unique flowers in the shape of 'a star within a star'. Excellent for beds, border and rock gardens. Grows well in poor soils.

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  • Coreopsis (Per)

    Coreopsis (Per)

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    Coreopsis is a cheerful addition to the garden with it's fluffy bright yellow flowers produced in abundance on tall, sturdy stems. Easily cultivated, it will often bloom the first year from seed. The brilliant blossoms also make excellent cut flowers.

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  • Cupid's Dart

    Cupid's Dart

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    Cupid's Dart is an attractive perennial with unique papery blooms. Although a few flowers are produced the first season, in succeeding years an abundance of the soft blue blooms will provide you with endless fresh cut bouquets.

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  • Delphiniums

    Delphiniums

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    Tall and majestic, delphiniums are the giants of the perennial border. Their densely covered flower spikes not only provide an eye-catching show of mid-summer colour. Delphiniums thrive in a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil and should be staked to support the heavy blossoms. To encourage germination and break dormancy, chill seed in the freezer for 24 hours prior to sowing.

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  • Dianthus (Per)

    Dianthus (Per)

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    "Pinks" The cheerful brightly coloured blooms of this hardy old-fashioned perennial have a unique 'pinked' edge and a rich clove-like perfume. They also make a striking and fragrant addition to fresh flower arrangements. Sow the seed indoors and germinate at 21 degrees C. Situate the seedlings in full fun or partial shade in rich, well-drained soil.

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  • Echinacea

    Echinacea

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    Coneflowers are outstanding garden performers that bear masses of large daisy-like flowers with dome-shaped centers from mid-summer until well into autumn. Drought tolerant plants combine well with most other perennials. Make excellent and long lasting cut flowers. Start the seeds indoors in early spring, germinating them at 21 degrees C.

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  • Everlasting Sweet Pea (Per)

    Everlasting Sweet Pea (Per)

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    A vigorous free-flowering climber, the Everlasting Sweet Pea is an excellent vine for trellis work, fences or walls. It may also be used as a perennial ground cover. The unique papery blooms are 2-4cm (1-1 1/2") wide and excellent for cutting. Unlike the annual sweet pea, these flowers are not fragrant.

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  • Geum

    Geum

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    Semi-double rose-like flowers are borne on long straight stems, making them an excellent cut flower. The plants of this cottage garden favourite grow 45-60cm (18-24") tall

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  • Hollyhock

    Hollyhock

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    A true cottage garden perennial, hollyhocks are grown fir their lofty spires of trumpet-shaped blossoms. The tall plants are perfect for softening picket fences or creating a vibrant backdrop garden. Single blossoms grow 8-13cm (3-5") wide on plants that often reach over 200cm ( 6 1/2') in height! Sow seed outdoors by the end of July for flowers the following spring.

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  • Johnny Jump Ups

    Johnny Jump Ups

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    Johnny Jump Ups are an old-fashioned favourite with beautiful miniature pansy-like flowers that are produced in abundance on compact foliage. As the low-growing plants prefer partial shade and cool temperatures, a spot with afternoon shade is ideal. Start seed indoors 8-10 weeks prior to transplanting, germinating it at 18-21 Degrees C.

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  • Lupins

    Lupins

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    A Maritime favourite , this extremely hardy perennial is often seen growing wild along roadsides and meadows, as well as in cultivated beds and borders. The plants produce densely packed flower spikes in an array of bright colours and may be planted in a sunny or partially shaded spot with moist soil. Prior to planting , freeze seed for 48 hours and then nick gently with a knife to hasten germination.

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  • Phlox (Per)

    Phlox (Per)

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    These range among the finest herbaceous perennials for beds and borders. Plants are hardy, requiring little protection and although they will flourish in any soil, they do best when planted in a rich, moist loam. The large flower heads composed of colourful florets, grow on tall stems and make good cut flowers. Powdery Mildew can be a problem if the plants are spaced too closely or lack good air circulation.

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