Herbaceous Perennial Life Cycle

Herbaceous Perennial Life Cycle

By definition, annuals are plants that complete their lifecycle in a year. They add masses of color to a landscape in the form of blossoms and sometimes foliage as in the case of Coleus (Solenostemon scutellariodes). Annuals can be planted in containers, hanging baskets, on trellises or directly in a garden bed, and many, such as pot marigold (Calendula), bachelor s buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and poppies (Papaver species), will self-sow for more plants next year. Great for borders …

Herbaceous VS perennials

Herbaceous VS perennials

The plants you buy come in container sizes that generally go: 1 (often the size of six-packs), 2 , 4 , 6 then 1-gal, 2-gal, 5-gal, etc. Pots you buy to take home and put plants in come in diameter sizes - that s the confusion. Choose a pot based on both/either the size of the current rootball or the eventual size of the mature plant. When eatfresh suggested buying a container 5X the size of the current plant, they wanted to make sure you gave it enough soil volume to have room …

Unusual herbaceous perennials

Unusual herbaceous perennials

Alan and Elizabeth Clements have been collecting choice and unusual herbaceous perennials for over 35 years. A trip to Cascades Gardens is a unique opportunity to explore their unique collection. The following photos are just a small sample of what is available to view in the garden. For more information please see below. At Cascades Gardens you can see a wide range of herbacoius perennial plants. Hardy perennials are those which can stay out in the garden all year round and are …

Best time to plants herbaceous perennials

Best time to plants herbaceous perennials

Watching perennial plants grow and increasing the number and size of blooms, fascinates many gardeners. However, after a few years, these perennials can outgrow their space, have very few blooms, become full of weeds, seem to be dying in the centre, or show poor stunted growth. Any or all of these symptoms usually are corrected by simply dividing the plants. Spring is the best time for dividing most perennials. However, the early spring flowering perennials are best divided after …

Blue Herbaceous perennials

Blue Herbaceous perennials

While it is an herbaceous perennial, it grows like a ground-cover and forms a blue carpet when it blooms in early spring. Plantsman Roy Lancaster found a wonderful blue veronica growing in the Republic of Georgia which used to be part of the Soviet Union. He introduced it to the trade under the name ‘Georgia Blue Veronica’ to acknowledge its place of origin. While it is an herbaceous perennial, it grows like a ground-cover and forms a blue carpet when it blooms in early spring …

Herbaceous perennials cuttings

Herbaceous perennials cuttings

Cut back the dying stems of herbaceous perennials and compost them. Do not cut back penstemons. These should be left until March. Cutting back now will encourage fresh young growth which will most likely be clobbered by frost. Now is an ideal time to shift plants about in the garden. It is easier to move herbaceous plants if you reduce some of their top hamper first. Dig them a comfortable hole and fork up the bottom of it so that the roots do not have a battle to get started …

Early flowering herbaceous perennials

Early flowering herbaceous perennials

(Author’s Note: Last week’s column, “A Few Flowering Perennials for the June Garden” was devoted to favorite herbaceous perennials that bloom in early to mid-June. The following essay takes a look at the stars of the late June and early July perennial bed in Marjorie’s Garden. Portions of this essay first appeared in THE NEW ENGLAND GARDENER’S YEAR by Reeser Manley and Marjorie Peronto, published this year by Cadent Publishing of Thomaston, Maine.) Marjorie is in the midst of …

Best Herbaceous perennials plants

Best Herbaceous perennials plants

Perennial flowers add colour and seasonal interest to the garden from April to November, often attracting bees and butterflies to their blooms, and making great cut flowers too. They are incredibly versatile and can be used as fillers between shrubs, planted as groundcover beneath trees, grown in containers or planted on their own to create a classic herbaceous border. Herbaceous perennials are an easy alternative to annual flowers, returning each year and growing larger as they …

Herbaceous perennial pink flowers

Herbaceous perennial pink flowers

Introduced to Great Britain from its native origins in China by plant collector Robert Fortune in 1846, you may know and perhaps be more familiar with Dicentra Spectabilis by its common name bleeding heart, so called because of the heart shaped pink flowers which hang from it s arching stems. This herbaceous perennial is a spectacular early flowerer from spring to the early days of summer. However it should be noted that by mid and certainly late summer the Dicentras show is very …