We have shared our favorite evergreens and trees. The natural next step is to discover the perennials favored by our staff of plant enthusiasts. They will spend the off season discovering and rediscovering plants, adding new varieties to their repertoire. But in the end, they all have their favorites.
Some Are Old Favorites
Lyn Duffy and Sherrie Mallon both select hostas as one of their favorite perennials. Lyn says, “With the new varieties and larger sizes they can really make a statement.” And they are easy, easy care for clients that prefer an undemanding landscape.
Sherrie also likes perennial sedum for ease of care and variety. Commonly known as stonecrop, there are 470 species to choose from! The plants vary from annual and creeping herbs to shrubs. They are used in landscapes due to their attractive appearance and hardiness. Numerous hybrid cultivars have been developed, of which the following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit:
- ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
- ‘Bertram Anderson’
- ‘Ruby Glow’
Did you know? Sedum can be used to provide a roof covering in green roofs. Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant’s living roof has 450,000 square feet of sedum. The Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, England has a 242,000 square feet roof complex covered in sedum, the largest in the United Kingdom. Nintendo of America’s roof is covered in some 75,000 square feet.
Some That May Be New To You
Bethany Borchak apologizes for all the technical terminology as she gushes, “My new favorite perennial is Sneezeweed! Helenium. It is all just so cute. From both of the names, to the flower, and even the spent flower. I am just interested to watch these grow. The flower petals open around the center of the flower head and open wider and wider at the base of the flower head until they are spent. What is left is a lollipop shaped poof ball.”
Hellebores consist of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants and are a favorite of Lynn Cavanaugh. They are the “first to bloom in the spring, the flowers last a long time, and I particularly enjoy the great evergreen foliage” in the winter garden. They are useful in areas where deer-resistance is required. Hellebores are still relatively unknown outside of plant enthusiast circles and are rarely found at the lower end mass merchants.
Samantha Conklin chose Amsonia for three full seasons of color and an excellent and under-rated filler plant. Amsonia is commonly known as Blue Star, an easy-to-grow plant which is best massed in informal settings such as native gardens, shade gardens, and is also appropriate for borders and containers. The showy blue blooms appear in May and make a great cut flower. This is another deer-tolerant option.
What Are Your Perennial Picks?
As you consider your 2018 landscape modifications, perhaps these ideas may help. Just know that we are here all year for assistance in creating the garden of your dreams. Plan now for a first-thing-this-spring installation. For inspiration, check out some of our recent landscape installations here.