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What is a Perennial?

 Perennial plants are any that last for more than two years in the garden. It comes from the Latin words "per" and "annus" that mean "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.

 Perennials will die back each autumn and remain dormant through the winter months. Each spring, they will return from their root-stock to provide an excellent foundation to any garden.

Growing Perennial Plants

Perennials are considered the backbone of any good landscaping project. Annuals must be replaced each year, as in the case of lobelia, but the perennials reappear each year without any 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 perennial plants. Short-lived perennials 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 all perennials. Some require shade, while others need full sun. You'll also find ones such as the gooseneck loosestrife that will overrun the garden. Perennials are beautiful on their own, but they can be accented with annuals. Lobelia has a dainty flower perfect as a garden border around perennials.

Types of Perennials

 Many people think of garden varieties when they hear someone mention perennials. 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 for a couple weeks and with so many buds, you'll have non-stop blooms all season. The daylily is the best perennial plant for numerous reasons. One being that comes in numerous sizes, shapes, and colors. It's drought-tolerant and suitable for many forms of landscaping.

 Some perennials are found scattered in the wild such as the May Apple. They are found throughout Eastern North America in pastures, woods, and thickets. The May Apple is actually an herb, but the roots are toxic, so those with experience should only use it. The small white flowers that appear each April and May eventually turn into edible fruit.

 

Perennial Plants
Perennial 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. Perennial plants also generally get bigger every year, so that means 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.
* blue lobelia. That is a perennial with a short life, usually only a few years.
The blue lobelia grows to be about three feet tall and pollinated by
insects, usually bees.
* cardinal flower. This perennial 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 perennial 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. 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.
* Virginia bluebells. Also called the Virginia cowslip or, more formally,
Mertensia virginica and Virginia bluebells are some of the prettiest perennials and native to North America. Make Virginia bluebells
a must in your perennial garden.

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