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Perennials

Explore perennials at Gardeners Dream! We have a wide range of perennial plants for you to browse, from roses and ferns, to herbaceous annual plants and large trees. Let's dig into perennial plants, discovering what they are and why they are so popular here at Gardeners Dream. Just in case - buy Perennials today and get FREE UK delivery. 

Perennial Flowers - An Introduction

If you're looking to add colour to your garden, perennial plants add interest from late March to November. They often attract insect wildlife such as butterflies and bees too.

Equally good, you can cut the flowers and blooms to create indoor floral arrangements and displays. They're easy to grow and are very resilient, especially in the temperate climates we have in the UK.

Perennials can be incorporated into borders, flower beds, mixed with other shrubs and planted at the feet of trees.

If you're a keen hanging basket gardener, perennial flowers are showy and provide long periods of interest.

They also make amazing potted plants and can be grown in window boxes and containers.

Perennials are a wide-ranging group of plants and there are so many options to choose from. This article will give you all the perennial inspiration you need and there is definitely going to be something here that fits your garden aesthetic and goals.

Let's explore these wonderful plants further!

Perennial Plants

You may be wondering what perennials are?

The easiest way to explain is that the stems of these plants don't have a woody structure - setting them apart from trees and typical shrubs. You can get perennial shrubs (we discover these further down) which have non-woody stems.

Perennials can be deciduous or evergreen - with evergreen perennials showing year-round interest. Deciduous perennials will die down to their roots during the winter, essentially entering a dormant phase.

Unlike annual plants, perennials will emerge each spring for at least two years, providing they have survived the winter.

Gardener's Dream have a huge range of the best perennial flowers and we will discuss some of our favourites under each of the following sections!

Potted Plants

Potted perennial plants are very popular because they don't need to be planted each year. This means if you're looking for a showy flower display without the hassle, these plants are ideal.

The root system of perennials are often well contained making them perfect for pots and constricted spaces. We think the most interesting plants for pots are;

  • Ferns (a huge range of species and perfect for growing in partial shade or shade environments).

  • Clematis.

  • Bergonia.

  • Beliflower.

  • Tickseed

  • Daylily

The general rule is that if you can plant in a pot or container, the flowers will also thrive in hanging baskets - so be sure to get creative. You can find accessories, pots, baskets and more here at Gardeners Dream too.

Drought Tolerant Perennials

Temperatures in the UK have been getting warmer and drier. This means that our beloved perennials are encountering more drought-like weather, especially during the late spring and summer months.

To ease their discomfort, you can always ensure they get additional water and remain in well-drained soil. But, if you don't have time to water frequently there are also many drought tolerant perennials;

  • Yarrow

  • Ornamental Onion

  • Butterfly Weed

  • False Indigo

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Tickseed

  • Coneflower

  • And many, many more!

There are so many drought tolerant perennials that we have an entire section in our store dedicated to these wonderful plants. Make sure you check out our drought resistant plants on Gardener's Dream today!

Where do Perennial Plants Live Best?

The entire family of perennial plants is so diverse that you will find there is a plant for every garden type. You will find plants that do well in;

  • Full sun

  • Prefers Part shade

  • Well-drained soil

  • And many other growing conditions besides.

If you're looking for plants that are wind resistant or extremely hardy there are lots of perennial types that grow well in these circumstances. We also have a selection of (non-perennial) small garden trees for tiny spaces.

Ornamental Grasses

Grasses are a large subsection of perennial types, and you are a little spoilt for choice once again.

Here are our best grass plants for ornamental purposes;

  • Blue Fescue

  • Blue Oat Grass

  • Feather Reed Grass

  • Pampas Grass (an extremely popular perennial plant)

  • Japanese Silver Grass

  • Mondo Grass

  • Purple Fountain Grass

  • Lilyturf

  • And much more!

To see our extensive range of grasses, check out our grass section on Gardener's Dream.

Evergreen Perennials

For many gardeners, it is important to extend the growing seasons of perennials or have a perennial plant that has year-round interest.

Enter evergreen perennials - these beauties are perfect ground covers during the winter and keep your own garden in colour during the bleaker months (even late winter).

Our favourite evergreen plants are;

  • Bergenia (white and pink flowers).

  • Dianthus 'Memories' (white blooms).

  • Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' (purple flowers).

  • Many more plants as well in our evergreen section!

Some evergreen plants are more frost resistant than others so make sure that you pick an evergreen type that meets your ground conditions.

For more height in your garden over winter, take a look at our always popular conifers too.

Tender Perennials

What if two years isn't enough when it comes to these amazing colours and wonderful shaped flowers? Tender perennials are plants that live two or more years (again providing they survive each winter). You can plant perennials that are 'tender' to get continued interest over many years.

Our favourite tender perennials are;

  • Abutilon (Indian Mallow)

  • Fuschia

  • Dahlia

  • Begonia

  • Canna

  • Annual Salva

Like other plants, they have a spring/summer growing season and go dormant during the autumn and winter.

Early Spring Interest

Now the important stuff - the growing season and when to expect flowers! For early spring blooms these plants are best;

  • Blue False Indigo (indigo/blue flowers)

  • Bearded Iris (purple flowers)

  • Bloodroot (white blooms)

  • Echinacea (pink flowers)

  • Marsh Marigold (yellow flowers)

  • Many more as well - there is a huge range of early spring plants.

They'll add some colour before our gorgeous apple trees start to blossom.

Early Summer Interest

For early summer interest, these interesting plants are best in our opinion;

  • Coneflower (season long interest until late summer).

  • Hydrangeas (season long interest).

  • Petunias (loves full sun and flower until autumn).

  • Bee Balm (red flower displays that are extremely showy).

  • Many others to choose from...

At Gardeners Dream, we categorise all of our perennials by their colourful flowers, season long interest and much more so you can pick the perfect flower for your garden. Our ornamental trees are worth a glance too.

Other Flowering Period Perennials

You may be surprised to know that some perennials flower late into the year, carrying over to the autumn.

Here are some of the interesting plants in this category;

  • Autumn Crocus (prefers partial shade)

  • Goldenrod (they can grow quite a lot reaching 5 feet tall)

  • Chrysanthemum

  • Russian Sage (likes full sun)

  • Stonecrop

  • Sunflower

  • A range of other plants available in our store!

These blooms either have a long growing season or flower in the autumn.

Cold Winters and Perennials

The UK climate is temperamental at best with hot summers and cold winter months.

If your ground is frost prone, then you might find some of your plants don't survive the winter and when they die down to their roots they can't emerge again. To avoid this problem, try to plant perennials in areas that have warmer winter soil conditions with at least some sunlight reaching them in the darker months.

For additional help with care and how to plant perennials you can check the descriptions of your chosen flower and get plenty of information to assist you.

Colourful Flowers and Blooms

If you're looking for colourful flowers you will rarely go wrong with perennials. They come in a range of colours, and you are sure to find something that fits well into your garden.

The following colours are particularly prevalent with perennials;

  • Yellow

  • White

  • Pink

  • Purple

  • Red

  • And of course, lots of green foliage.

In fact, you will probably find that even unusual colours are available with perennial plants so go wild with your creativity.

Creating a Beautiful Garden with Gardeners Dream

Here at Gardeners Dream, we have a wide range of annuals, shade-loving plants, and all manner of British garden flowers that will add some colour and freshness to your outdoor space.

To get you started, take a look at our perennials, then browse:

Once planted, these high-quality annuals and perennials with spring up with bright colours, from pink and purple to yellow and green. It all starts with a packet full of seeds or a pot-grown plant from Gardeners Dream.

We ship across the UK with free delivery on every order. We are passionate about growing plants natively in the UK and helping our gardens flourish!

Shrubs

Perennial shrubs have non-woody stems. The following are extremely popular shrubs;

  • Aronia

  • Azalea

  • Calycanthus

  • Camellia

  • Daphne

  • Hibiscus (perfect for making tea)

  • Juniperus

  • Magnolia

  • Rhododendron

  • Salix

  • And so many more!

Perennial shrubs provide a substantial and colourful focal point, making them among the most interesting plants you can have in your garden.

If you want to have passers-by stop and admire your flowers, you can't go wrong with one of these plants. Explore our full range of shrubs at Gardeners Dream.

Low Maintenance Perennials

Many perennial plants are easy to grow and easy to care for. Some require a bit of pruning or need to be cut back in the late autumn.

This will help the deciduous perennial plants to enter their dormant phase and allow them to concentrate on protecting their roots and not maintain unneeded stems or dying blooms. With so many plants to choose from you will find each and every one requires a different level of care.

The easiest to look after plants are;

  • Yarrow

  • Coneflower

  • Daylily

  • Hostas

  • Sage

  • Siberian Iris

As you may have guessed this list isn't exhaustive and there are hundreds of other perennial plant types that are very easy to grow and care for.

Best Perennials for Beneficial Insects

Insects love perennials and pollinators love them especially- although not as much as our customers! Bees will flock to your garden when your plants are in bloom.

Aside from bees, you will be pleasantly surprised to find a perennial plant attracts butterflies too. The best perennials to attract insects to gardens are;

  • Sneezeweed

  • Aster

  • Butterfly Bush

  • Goldenrod

  • Bee Balm

  • Milkweed

  • Purple Cornflower

Insects pollinate your gardens and help your flowers spread and grow more!

Attractive Foliage

Last but not least, we move beyond flowers and blooms and look at perennials with attractive foliage. Unsurprisingly you're spoilt for choice once more, here are our favourite attractive leaves plants;

  • Hosta

  • Bearded Irises

  • Siberian Iris

  • Bergenia

  • Daylilies

  • And so many more.

For a full range of perennial plants explore our store to discover your next favourite flower.

We offer free UK delivery, and all plants are hand-selected by our gardening experts. Buying plants online has never been easier.

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