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Perennials Have a Long Lifespan, reproduce and re-seed, and are easy native plants to grow
Perennial plants are any that last for more than five years in the garden. It comes from the Latin words "per" and "annus," which means "through" and "year." We use the term perennial as a label on plants to differentiate them from those plants that only survive one season and are called annuals. That includes plants such as impatiens, geraniums, and lobelia.
Some plants will die back each autumn and remain dormant through winter. Each spring, they will return from their root stock to provide an excellent foundation for any garden.
Unlike annual plants, perennials never have to be taken up for harsh summers and come back each spring.
Perennials are considered the backbone of any good landscaping project. Annuals must be replaced yearly, as in the case of lobelia, but the plants reappear each year without additional work or expense. They provide texture, form, and a variety of colors that can be counted on year after year. Bloom's time, lifespan, and culture will vary among plants.
Other varieties can last as long as 15 years, while peonies will continue for a lifetime. There is no set rule for these plants. Some require shade, while others need full sun. You'll also find ones such as the gooseneck loosestrife that will overrun the garden. Flowers are beautiful, but they can be accented with annuals. Lobelia has a dainty flower perfect as a garden border.
Types of Perennials
Blue lobelia. That is a plant that lives a decade so it's lifespan is a few years. The blue lobelia grows about three feet tall and is pollinated by insects, usually bees.
Cardinal flower. It has beautiful scarlet flowers that grow up to four feet tall and delight in any indoor or outdoor setting. The cardinal flower also can be planted in full sun as long as it is kept moist.
May apple. This flower, native to the eastern U.S., has a large white flower that looks much like an umbrella. The mayapple grows well in moist soils.
Hepatica. The flowers come in white, pink, or bright blue and are the first spring blooms. The hepatica is a delightful sight in any garden.
Trilliums. This native woodland plant comes in threes. It has three petals, three sepals, and three leaves. That is why its nickname is the "trinity flower." Trilliums also come in 40 species, which should be enough to satisfy any planter. Some of the flowers are red. Some are white. Even a gardener without a green thumb should have a good chance of producing a beautiful garden with these perennials.
Virginia bluebells. Also called the Virginia cowslip or, more formally, Mertensia virginica and Virginia bluebells are some of the prettiest perennials native to North America. Make Virginia bluebells a must in your perennial garden.
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