Adding perennials to your garden enables you to create stunning shows throughout the seasons. There is an almost endless supply of form, and colour to choose from, and one for almost every situation.

It is beat to plant your perennials in autumn and spring to give them time to settle in to the garden before the extremes of summer and winter. Water them in well, and keep the water up to them until they establish. As they settle in, they will become less needy and you can just relax and enjoy them.

Arum Lilies

Arum Lilies are wonderful garden plants. They thrive in a range of garden soils as well as by ponds. They produce a multitude of blooms which are fabulous for picking too. The lush foliage lends well to both tropical and modern styles and isn’t out of place in a cottage garden.

Clematis Jackmanii Hybrids

Jackmanii Clematis will bring a dazzling display to your garden. You can use them to make a statement in beds or pots. These easy care climbers grow best with their roots in the shade and their 'heads' in the sun. If you are nervous to grow Clematis for the first time, don’t be. They come with simple to follow instructions, and they grow well wherever roses do.

Agastache

Agastache are a steadfast in our garden. We planted one variety ten years ago and our collection continues to grow. They are just so easy and offer so much reward. Agastache come in a great colour range. The blooms open above the foliage and sway beautifully in even the lightest breeze, creating lovely movement in the garden.

Climbers

Climbers are such versatile garden plants. They don’t take up a lot of space on the ground, yet their effects can reach 10m or more in a dazzling display. Most are quick to establish and don’t even require pruning.

Climbers are an easy choice to cover a garden wall, trellis or fence. You can even use them through trees and shrubs to add interest through the seasons.

Astilbe

Astilbe are magnificent plants for shady border where their lacy foliage and upright plumes put on a fabulous show. They are versatile however, and if you have an area that gets good moisture you can grow Astilbe in full sun.

One of the best ways to use Astilbe is grouped together, their diverse sizes and colours will create a memorable and lasting show.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria offer terrific garden value. They flower for most of the year, soldiering on even after most of the perennials have faded.

Alstroemeria are great for picking, pretty in pots and last for many years. The best way to pick them is to simply pull the stem, this will allow space for more flowers to grow and provide you with the longest possible stem. These plants are less than a bunch of flowers, will provide you with so much more, and they will last up to three weeks in a vase!

Dianthus

Dianthus are renowned for their extensive flowering season ease of care and durability. Plant Dianthus Jolt Series in beds, along pathways, underneath roses, in pots or rockeries. Dianthus has a lovely cottage feel. The mounding foliage is tidy and forms dense, green clumps.

These Dianthus offer incredible value, flowering for many months.

Fuchsias

Fuchsias are like pretty dancers in fancy skirts that sway in the breeze. The flowers open freely for a long period over the lush green leaves. They are fantastic potted or garden plants. These varieties are some of the best.

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are cottage garden stalwarts. They bloom magnificently late in the season, bringing height and colour to your beds. Foxgloves, or Digitalis look best grouped toward the middle or back of a bed, where their upright stems of blossoms add stunning colour.

Other perennials

Perennials are those fabulous plants you see and just fall in love with. Perennials add colour, structure and form to your garden beds.

There are a range of perennials on offer from evergreen (year round interest), semi evergreen (will remain evergreen in warmer climates, though don’t grow much through winter) and herbaceous (have a rest period during the year, usually winter where they die down to just a crown in dormancy before remerging in spring). Each type has major advantages in your garden beds. They are easy to use and each comes with detailed, easy to apply growing instructions.