Perennials For Zone 5

Perennial Gardening 101

Perennials are plants that return to the garden year after year. Though they’re not as showy as annuals, their long lives and overall robustness make them a mainstay in many gardens.

Fortunately, there’s perennial for just about any type of soil, climate or light level. Very few of them need to be pampered, but it’s still important to know where a certain perennial will thrive. Moreover, garden perennials are excellent for nearly any type of garden. They can be planted in floral gardens, which are gardens with straight lines and edges with spaces laid out as boxes hemmed in with hedges. They're also good for informal gardens with curbed walks and edges. The trick of an informal garden is to make it look random and inevitable even though it's planned as meticulously as a formal garden. Put this URL in to buy affordable perennials http://www.tnnursery.net/buy-perennials/.

Perennials are also good for borders and beds with walls or fences serving as an anchoring backdrop. They’re also good for cutting. Plants with different colors for both flowers and foliage, different textures and blooming seasons can be planted together to make the garden interesting all year long. For example, Stachys byzantina has lovely, fuzzy, silvery green leaves. Some flowers have an upright display of flowers called panicles or spikes, some plants have flowers in clusters called cymes, and other plants have flowers that arrive on flat heads called corymbs.

Some popular perennials are:

Poppies
Poppies, with their large, vivid red, pink, orange, yellow or white blooms, thrive in hardiness zones three through nine and flower from spring to summer. They like a well-drained loam and full sun to partial shade. They can be propagated from root cuttings or seed.

Sea Lavender
Sea lavender grows in hardiness zones four to nine and likes well-drained, somewhat acidic loam. It doesn’t particularly like soil that’s too fertile, for it makes the stems weak to the point where they might need to be staked. It has small, lacy flowers that arrive in summer and last for weeks. The flowers are good fresh or dried in floral arrangements. As its name implies, sea lavender can tolerate seaside conditions.