Care & Guidance

Whilst you enjoy your perennials for their fantastic foliage or beautiful blooms, it's really the roots you're buying - because the roots allow the plants to come back every year. Use these tips to make sure your perennials get off to the right start.

Container grown perennials are easy to plant and commonly available. Start digging a hole that's a little wider but no deeper than the pot your new perennial came in. Loosen the roots, and spread them out if the plant has become rootbound* (*when roots start to grow in circles around the edge of the pot). Then firm the soil in around the roots and water well.

Planting Tips: water your perennials well after you plant them. Then lay a 2-3 inch deep layer of mulch over the soil around your new plants. The mulch will help the soil hold moisture and prevent weeds from growing. Give taller perennials such as delphiniums, holihocks and peonies support by staking them. Anchor single stems by inserting a rod or sturdy stick into the ground and tying the stem to it. Keep clump forming plants with multiple stems standing, by growing through a hoop. Regularly deadhead and divide your perennials to keep them healthy and looking beautiful.

Deadheading: simply means cutting the faded flowers off your plants. It makes your plants look better and it prevents them from setting seed so you don't have a mass of seedlings popping up in your garden.

Dividing: One of the best things about perennials is that they grow bigger and better each year. But many start to crowd themselves out if they get too big. Keep them performing well by digging them out of the ground and splitting them into smaller chunks every 3 or 4 years. Early spring and autumn are the best times to divide most perennials. A couple of exceptions include bearded iris and hosta: split these perennials in summer.

Watering: There's no one-size fits all rule for watering perennials. Some varieties stand up to drought and others need to be kept moist all the time. Keep your plants healthier and make watering a breeze by grouping plants in acccordance with their watering needs. No matter what perennials you're growing, be sure to keep them all well watered in the first year - that allows them to become well established.

Feeding: If you have rich soil or improve it with compost or other forms of organic matter on a regular basis, you probably won't need to feed your plants, But if you're burdened with poor soil, fertilizing can be helpful. Take care not to over fertilize - this may make your plants flower less, suffer root injury, or even kill your perennials.

Winter Care: Perennials that are reliably cold hardy in your region shouldn't need any special winter care. But spreading a layer of mulch over them after the soil freezes can help prevent winter damage during an especially cold season. Many gardeners like to leave the dead stems of their perennials standing all winter, providing food for birds. Perennials can help to catch snow, which is one of the best winter mulches. 

 

 

  • Acanthus mollis 3L pot

    Bear's breeches. A clump-forming hardy perennial with dark green leaves. Spikes of white flowers with purple bracts produced in summer. Height 1.4m. Spread 80cm. Flowers from July to September.

  • Acanthus spinosa 3L pot

    Bear's breeches. A clump-forming perennial with deeply cut, dark green leaves. Spikes of white flowers with purple bracts produced in summer. Height 1.2m. Spread 60cm. Flowers from July to September. Hardy.

  • Achillea millefolium Milly Rock Red 3L pot

    Compact bushy variety of Achillea ideally suited to pots and containers has a myriad of bi coloured deep red flowers with striking yellow button centres make an eye-catching display.

  • Achillea millefolium Terracotta 3L pot

    Yarrow. A compact clump forming perennial with evergreen silvery grey leaves. Dusky Orange fading to yellow flower heads. Height 80cm. Spread 60cm. Flowers from May to September.

  • Aconitum carmichaelii Arendsii 3L pot

    Monkshood: erect with dark green leaves. branched panicles of rich blue flowers. Height 1.2m. Spread 40cm. Flower colour Blue. Flowers from August to September. Perennial. Foliage colour Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting. CAUTION toxic if eaten.

  • Aconitum fischeri 3L pot

    Aconitum fischeri is a blue colored flowering plant species of the genus Aconitum in the family Ranunculaceae. Plants bloom early-late summer, native in Korea and Siberia and cultivated in gardens in temperate zones for its showy flowers.

  • Actaea Black Beauty 3L pot

    A very dark, vigorous, black leaved new form. Worth growing for the foliage alone. Very fragrant flowers in September and October. Height when in flower up to 2m. Plant at 60cm centres in fertile soil, they tend to hate thin alkaline soils.

  • Actaea Black Negligee 3L pot

    A stellar performer of the plant world - fantastic foliage, an architectural frame and late flowers on lofty strong stems. Actaea thrive in shade and partial shade, although they dislike boggy conditions. They look wonderful at the back of borders and associate beautifully with ferns, Tiarellas and Japanese anemones. They won't thrive in very alkaline and well drained soils. They are in the buttercup family and need similar conditions to most other members of this diverse family. All parts of the plants are poisonous and gloves need to be worn when handling.

  • Actaea simplex Atropurpurea 3L pot

    Member of the Ranunculaceae family. A clump-forming perennial with black pinnate leaves Pink spike forming flowers Jul-Sep. 60cm. Spread 40cm. Herbaceous.

  • Actaea simplex Brunette 3L pot

    A 'must-have' for a woodland garden. Deeply dissected purple leaves and stems contrast wonderfully with arching spiked flowers. No staking needed.

  • Actaea White Pearl 3L pot

    For a cool shady place, not dry. A most elegant plant in autumn. Branching stems carry snowy-white bottle brushes 13 cm long. These develop into a most desirable lime-green seed head. All flower October to November.

  • Agapanthus African Queen 3L pot

    Agapanthus (African lily) are summer-flowering perennial plants, grown for their showy flowers, Blue. They thrive in any well-drained, sunny position in the garden, or grow these beauties in containers.

  • Agapanthus africanus Alba 3L pot

    African Lily. A clump-forming perennial with strap-shaped green leaves. Rounded clusters of bell-shaped. white flowers. Height 100cm. Flowers from July to September. Herbaceous. Hardy.

  • Agapanthus africanus Blue Umbrella 3L pot

    African Blue Lily. A clump-forming perennial with strap-shaped deep green leaves. Clusters of open bell-shaped, vivid blue flowers. Height 75cm. Spread 60cm. Flowers from July to October. Herbaceous. Hardy.

  • Agapanthus africanus Polar Star 3L pot

    Flower head of numerous semi pendulous flowers on stems around 50cm tall. Flowers are dark shiny purple in bud, which open to a lavender purple and a single mauve stripe in the center. A deciduous variety, which is very distinct in any border.

  • Agapanthus Enigma 3L pot

    Clumps of large, strap-shaped leaves, from which large umbels of blue-throated, white trumpet-shaped flowers appear from summer into autumn.

  • Agapanthus His Majesty 3L pot

    A hardy, compact and evergreen, clump-forming plant with clusters of beautiful blue flowers from mid to late summer. Makes a good cut flower.

  • Agapanthus Navy Blue 3L pot

    Agapanthus (African lily) are summer-flowering perennial plants, grown for their showy flowers, Blue. They thrive in any well-drained, sunny position in the garden, or grow these beauties in containers.

  • Agapanthus orientalis Queen Mum 3L pot

    A beautiful new variety, producing an abundance of extra large, dual coloured, white and blue flowers, above dark green strappy foliage. Height 120 cm. Spread 60 cm. Flowers July to August. An attractive perennial for a sunny site. Prefers full sun, with free-draining, but moist soil or compost. Hardy.

  • Agapanthus Peter Pan 3L pot

    African Blue Lily. A clump-forming perennial with strap-shaped deep green leaves. Rounded clusters of bell-shaped, dark blue flowers. Height 25cm. Spread 20cm. Flower colour Blue. Flowers from July to August. Herbaceous. Hardy. Planting instructions Water thoroughly before planting.

  • Agapanthus Pinocchio 3L pot

    Agapanthus Pinocchio is a dwarf variety with the same stiff architectural stems and striking soft blue trumpet shaped flowers of its larger cousins. This compact perennial forms neat clumps of deciduous strap-like foliage that make it ideal for growing in patio containers or towards the front of borders. Agapanthus flowers are excellent for cutting and the ornamental seed heads add structure and interest to autumn gardens. Height to 60cm. Spread 45cm.

  • Agapanthus Purple Cloud 3L pot

    A strong growing hybrid with nodding, blue-purple flowers. Height: 30". Flowers: July - August.

  • Agapanthus Silver Lining 3L pot

    Clump forming deciduous perennial with large umbels of white flowers late summer. Grow in any moist or well drained soil in full sun. Height 1m. Spread 50cm.

  • Agapanthus Tom Thumb 3L pot

    A hardy, compact and evergreen, clump-forming plant with clusters of beautiful blue flowers from mid to late summer. Makes a good cut flower.

  • Agapanthus Windsor Grey 3L pot

    Agapanthus (African lily) are summer-flowering perennial plants, grown for their showy flowers, White. They thrive in any well-drained, sunny position in the garden, or grow these beauties in containers.

  • Agastache foeniculum Golden Jubilee 3L pot

    Soft-blue flowers beginning in midsummer. Foliage is chartreuse-yellow, holding the colour well with a bit of afternoon shade. Attractive to butterflies.

  • Agastache Poquito Dark Blue 3L pot

    Spikes of deep, violet-blue flowers are held over deep green, upright, branched foliage. Prefers full sun or partial shade with free-draining soil or compost.

  • Ajuga Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow' is a creeping perennial with evergreen leaves, silvery-green suffused with wine-red, and short spikes of deep blue flowers in late spring and early summer.

  • Alcea rosea Ariella Mix 3L pot

    Hollyhock. Vigorous, upright perennial with rounded light green leaves. Flowers tall and stately. Height 2m. Spread 60cm. Flowers from May to July. Herbaceous. Spray with systhane to protect from rust.

  • Alcea rosea Ariella Mix 3L pot

    Hollyhock. Vigorous. upright perennial with rounded light green leaves. Flowers tall and stately Height 2m. Spread 60cm. Flowers from May to July. Herbaceous. Spray with systhane to protect from rust.

  • Alchemilla mollis 3L pot

    Lady's Mantle. A clump-forming perennial. Shallowly lobed. sharp-toothed. hairy pale-green leaves. Loose tiny yellow-green flowers. Height 60cm. Spread 80cm Flowers from June to September. Useful for flower arranging.

  • Alstroemeria Inca Husky 3L pot

    Peruvian Lily. Tuberous perennial. Vibrant colors, rusty copper and golden, very large flowering, all flowers with dark stripes and yellow markings. Height 40cm. Spread 60cm. Flowers from May to August. Deciduous. Foliage colour Green. Sheltered Site. May cause skin allergy.

  • Alstroemeria Inca Sundance 3L pot

    Peruvian Lily. Soft, buttery yellow blooms with a distinct brown marking in the throat make this selection the perfect complement to other flower colours in the garden. It forms a good, compact mound of waxy green foliage and short stemmed flowers.

  • Alstroemeria Inca Sweety 3L pot

    Peruvian Lily. Tuberous perennial. Creamy white flowers with a dark pink throat and splash of yellow. Height 40cm. Spread 60cm. Flowers from May to August. Deciduous. Foliage colour Green. Sheltered Site. May cause skin allergy.

  • Alstroemeria incana Goal 3L pot

    Peruvian Lily. bushy, clump-forming, tuberous perennial with lance-shaped, dark green leaves and, from early summer into autumn, funnel-shaped, pink flowers, the inner petals with yellow throats. Height 20cm. Spread 25cm. Flowers from May to August. Deciduous. Foliage colour Green. Sheltered Site. May cause skin allergy.

  • Anacyclus depressus Silver Kisses 3L pot

    A prostrate, mat-forming, sometimes short-lived, grey-green, semi-evergreen perennial with rosettes of finely-divided, grey-green leaves. In early summer, short stems bear red buds opening to white daisy flowers with yellow centres, reddish-purple on the reverse of the petals.

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