The Best Perennial Perennials

The Best Perennial Perennials

By Published May 21, 2014 Updated June 21, 2022

Perennials are a fantastic choice for creating magnificent gardens year after year. Unlike annuals, perennial plants last longer than two growing seasons if under proper care, making them a worthwhile investment. Whether looking for plants with interesting foliage or perennial flowers, there are plenty of opportunities in any type of garden for perennials to shine. Maybe you have a sunny yard and want perennial flowers to attract interesting wildlife. No problem - there are several perennials for sun that will attract any number of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, such as Ceratostigma griffithii and Dicliptera suberecta. You can even balance out your plantings to have different bloom times, so that fall perennials such as Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' will still decorate your garden later in the year. If you find that you're attracting unwanted wildlife such as presumptuous neighbors, there are perennials for sun such as Saccharum arundinaceum that will make good border plants.

Or perhaps yours is a garden blessed (or cursed) with an abundance of trees and you need a good perennial for shade. Taller perennial plants such as Polygonatum cyrtonema can add interest to another level of the shady garden besides the canopy and the floor. For autumn strolls, fall perennials such as Tricyrtis lasiocarpa will be a highlight in lightly shady areas.

You will want to make sure that the perennials you are considering are suitable for your growing zone. If not, you may discover that they will die after a season which defeats the purpose. A nursery that specializes in perennial plants can help you determine whether the sun perennials or that perennial for shade that caught your eye will work in your climate. Then you'll be able to enjoy your yard for years to come!

Welcome to Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. We are a private research and display botanic garden located near Raleigh, North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b). Our retail mail order division allows us to make the best plants from our trials available to gardeners around the world, some of which were developed here, some from our plant explorations, and others from breeders around the world. Between 1988 and 2010, Plant Delights Nursery introduced over 500 new plants to US horticulture. In 2002, we were honored to be recognized by the American Horticulture Society for our lifetime of work in commercial horticulture. This image gallery is but a sampling of the great plants available for gardeners around the world. We do not carry all plants pictured at any one time, but since our mission is to educate and inspire, we hope these images and the linked articles below will expand your garden horizons and interest. You will find an array of other interesting information and fascinating plants throughout our website...thank you for taking time to visit.


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