Low-growing, ferny, silver, aromatic foliage is excellent for borders and underplantings. Stunning in mass, it … Continued
browsing plants: perennials that last
Perennials are plants that are expected to live longer than two years, unlike annuals, which live for one growing season, and biennials, which need two growing seasons to mature and go to seed. Perennials may go to seed every year and often die back to the ground, but their root systems continue to live and the plants will continue growing. Some perennials are considered to be short-lived, but because they self-seed so readily they appear to live much longer.
Not all plants are perennial in all areas. Some can be killed by freezing temperatures, excessively dry conditions, or other growing conditions. This is why hardiness zones are so important. Knowing what zone you garden in will allow you to determine what plants will survive in your area. As of the 2012 USDA hardiness map, the region in which Vinland Valley Nursery is located in Zone 6a.
Perennial plants have a shorter blooming season than annuals since their survival doesn’t depend upon creating as much seed. However, many plants bloom for weeks, and with careful planning and a diversity of plants in the garden, you can keep things pretty colorful from early spring through frost.
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Velvety, silver foliage with lance-shaped leaves and pale yellow flowers add contrast all season in … Continued
This native plant grows in moist woodlands. A tall, bushy, plant typically with ferny, dark … Continued
Grows to 12′ tall with a spread of 10′ at a fast rate. Grow in … Continued
This low, colony-forming perennial grows large, velvety, heart-shaped leaves with a darkish red-brown to green-brown … Continued
Large heart-shaped, dark green leaves are variegated with shimmering silver. They remain semi-evergreen through mild … Continued
Common milkweed produces dusty pink flower clusters in mid-summer atop large, glossy leaves that resemble … Continued
Clusters of white blooms, from mid-summer to autumn are nectar-rich, attracting butterflies galore. As the … Continued
Native to the Eastern, Southern and Midwestern United States similar to the range of the … Continued
Produces copious amounts of nectar especially adored by bumble bees. Flowers have a sweet odor … Continued
Showy milkweed produces dusty pink flower clusters in mid-summer atop large, glossy leaves that resemble … Continued
Attracts monarch butterflies and a host of other insects while being tolerant of heat and … Continued