1 Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna’ from the mildly aromatic silvery green leaves to the violet flower spikes with purple stems. Bees love the flowers that stay looking sharp long after the petals fall, thanks to papery bracts that hold their colour. Dead-heading – either little and often or in one go – encourages new flowering side-shoots till October. 'Caradonna’ loves sun; use it as a purple ribbon through late season grasses or, at 18in (45cm), it is the perfect centrepiece for a pot.
This is a guide to the top 10 easy perennial plants to grow from seed. Perhaps you are looking at packets of perennial flower seeds and are wondering which ones are the best and the easiest to grow. Hopefully something here will be of help.
Rose campion is unforgettable in full bloom because of its abundant hot-pink flowers. But before it puts on its floral show -- and after the flowers fade -- its silvery-gray leaves are ornamental on their own. Note: Rose campion can self-seed abundantly; some gardeners find it a bit of a pest once it's established. Name: Lychnis coronaria Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Plant Size: To 32 inches tall and 18 inches wide Zones: 4-8
Astilbe. Shade perennial plant, blooms early summer. shades of burgundy, red, pink, lavender, and white. also finely cut foliage, which in many varieties is flushed with bronze. grows best in Zones 4-8 and can reach up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety. Test Garden Tip: Astilbe needs consistently moist soil to thrive, so it's a good choice for areas that don't drain well. Top Picks: 'Deutschland' bears pure white flowers; 'Sprite' is an award-winning selection with shell-pink blooms.
Creating stunning borders is the highlight of having a garden. Seeing them in full bloom is what makes the hours of weeding and digging worthwhile. But thriving, luscious flower borders can be expensive, especially when you are starting from scratch. Fortunately there are ways to get rich herbaceous borders on a budget. Here are my top money-saving
Beat the Heat If you live in a hot, dry climate, choose perennials that thrive in those conditions. Here, Heliopsis and coreopsis have roots in the American prairie, so you know these flowering beauties will keep on blooming even though temperatures and rainfall fluctuate. There's no need to coddle either one.
Camassia leichtlinii Alba Camassia leichtlinii Alba is a statuesque late-spring flowering bulb with spires of creamy-white flowers which last for ages. One of the most tolerant and long-lived bulbs you can grow. They're ideal for being happy in sun or light shade, for naturalising.
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - Feather Reed Grass. Description: cool season; clump forming Foliage is green; medium blade width; 90-120 cm (36-48") tall Flowers in June through July; 150-200 cm (60-80") tall; flowers often remain erect despite heavy snowfall