Perennial Garden Design on a Slope
Successful perennial garden design is a combination of a few things. Here are some tips, ideas and suggestions to make your life easier if you want striking color in your landscape.
Add a taller plant or garden ornament to break up any monotony. This could be a sculpture, urn, small fountain, birdbath, etc.
To see some beautiful pictures of many of these plants, go here.
Daylily plants come in a huge variety of sizes and flower colors. The flowers can be showy. Each flower bud turns into a pretty flower, yet each flower lasts for only a day....hence "day"lily. Since it has many buds though, there are continuous flowers. Daylily's bloom in the summer for about three to four weeks. There are a few varieties, however, which will bloom on and off all season long, such as 'Stella D'oro'. The flowers are yellow. As with all Daylily's, watch out if you have a deer problem. Deer love these plants!
Catmint 'Walker's Low'
I love this plant. As I write, it is October, and it is still blooming! It smiled with its flowers all season long. The flower color is a soft purple, on the quiet side. This plant can get to be about 3 feet wide by about 12" - 18" tall. It will get a little "tired" looking in mid summer. But not to worry. Give it a pruning by cutting off the top 8" or so. It will rejuvenate nicely. This is one to definitely include in your perennial garden design.
Delphinium can be temperamental. They don't always come back the next year. They are tall and can get knocked over in a storm. But I include them in this list due to their old-fashioned, outstanding charm. And the colors are breathtaking!!
This is a medium sized plant with beautiful foliage. The leaves are a medium green and wide. They catch droplets of water on their leaves in a very interesting way. They are loose and the yellow flowers are tiny. It's a very pretty perennial.
Coneflower is now available in many colors....pinks, whites, and interesting variations of pink, peach and orange. They are a mid to late summer blooming perennial and are rather easy to care for.
Peonies look more like shrubs than perennials. Their flowers are very showy. They come in singles and doubles and are a nice break in a perennial garden design from the typical flowering perennials since they are bushy looking. They bloom in late summer and early fall. Love them...one of my favorites!
There are quite a few types of Salvia, but I love them for their purple colors. When in flower, these plants will jump out with color.
Sedums are extremely easy plants to grow. There are low ones you can use between stepping stones or at the edge of your beds. There are taller ones which put on a great late summer/early Fall show, such as 'Autumn Joy'. They look great if you mix them with a mass of Maiden Grass for a good looking perennial garden design.
There are many, but my two favorite ornamental grasses are Maiden Grass and Fountain Grass, the former being a taller one. As nice as the foliage is, it's just as wonderful to see the plumes in the late summer and early fall.
Fountain Grass - Species
Lamium is another low growing plant. The flowers can be pink or white. The plant itself is nice even when not flowering and is used as a perennial groundcover.
This also is a perennial groundcover. It has beautifully shaped leaves and there are varieties with reddish tones to the foliage. Sometimes it is nice just to mix in this type of plant with all the other showy flowers in your perennial garden design.
This is another late flowering perennial which is a gold/yellow color. These are very hardy and easy to grow. They will certainly provide a splash of color in your perennial garden design.
Shade Loving Perennial Garden Design
Easy to Grow Flowers
Blue Perennials and Annuals
At one time I managed the perennial department of a large garden center in New York. I was able to observe which plants looked good all season and which ones did not. I can honestly say that the list above will be attractive almost the entire season...generally speaking!
Here are some general maintenance suggestions for low maintenance perennials in your perennial garden design, for the best look possible. Again, they are not necessary, except for the last one*.
Have fun with your perennial garden design! This type of garden is always evolving and changing.....but that is part of the enjoyment.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant . You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it !!! "
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