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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 two 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. Short-lived plants last only three to four years. This category includes delphinium and lupines.

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

Many people think of garden varieties when they hear someone mention annuals. That would include the daylily. It is a favorite of gardeners for its continuous blooms. Each daylily has many buds that continually open up into beautiful flowers. The flowers last a couple of weeks, and with so many buds, you'll have non-stop blooms all season. The daylily is the best plant for numerous reasons. One is that it comes in numerous sizes, shapes, and colors. It's drought-tolerant and suitable for many forms of landscaping.

 The small white flowers that appear each April and May eventually turn into edible fruit.

These plants are almost everyone's dream garden, and why not? Not only are they colorful and beautiful and hardy, but they come back year after year to fill gardens and window boxes and add a colorful accent to shrubs and trees. These plants also get bigger every year, so you can usually divide them and spread them around your yard or indoor spot.

If you want a colorful garden indoors or out, you want perennials. Here are some of the favorites and most colorful.

  1. Blue lobelia. That is a plant with a short life, usually only a few years. The blue lobelia grows about three feet tall and is pollinated by insects, usually bees.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. One warning, however, comes with trilliums. One type, Trillium persistent, is on the federal government's endangered list, so check with our state department before you choose one of these types.
  6. 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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