Home & Lifestyle >
Home Decorating >
A Guide to Sturdy Perennials
When it comes to flowers, you can choose between
annuals and perennials. The difference is that annuals last only
one year, while perennials come back year after year. Perennials
are a great value for any garden, and offer beauty and convenience.
This is why many gardeners choose perennials for their various
types of gardens. In this article, you'll learn more about some
sturdy perennials that are ideal for everyone from the beginning
gardener to the experienced horticulturist.
When it comes to strong, hardy perennials, you can't go wrong with
ornamental grasses and decorative shrubs. However, many blooming
flowers are quite strong as well. Check out the following list of
sturdy perennials that are ideal for spring and fall planting. Some
of them are planted from seed, others from bulb:
Geranium: The geranium is a sturdy perennial
that can be grown in a variety of different conditions. This
delicate yet strong flower comes in a variety of colors including
red, pink, white, purple and even blue. Some people plant geranium
as a ground cover, others use it to add color and beauty to their
garden. Geraniums should be planted in the spring.
Hollyhock: The hollyhock represents one of
the hardiest perennials. This tall plant features colorful blooms
in shades like pink, rose, red, yellow and white. Hollyhocks should
be planted in spring and will bloom from summer to fall. This plant
is fairly deep rooted and will require plenty of room and depth.
Clematis: Clematis is another perennial that
is planted in the spring. Some varieties of this climbing flower
bloom in the fall, offering some much-needed color as the
temperature drops. You'll find clematis available in a variety of
different color choices, including white, red and purple.
Yarrow: Yarrow is a strong perennial that
features flat topped blooms that are delicate in size and bright in
color. Shades include bright pink, red, yellow and white. Yarrow
needs full sun and does very well in hot, dry conditions. Like many
perennials, planting should be done in the spring.
Iris: The iris comes in a wide variety of
gorgeous colors, including purple, yellow and white. Many types of
iris feature more than one color. There are different species of
iris as well, including the bearded iris, Siberian iris and
Louisiana iris, to name a few. Unlike other types of perennials,
iris should be planted in mid to late summer or early fall.
The above choices represent only a few of the
perennials available for gardeners to choose from. To learn more
about different types of perennials, head to your local garden
center and speak to a knowledgeable expert.