Staple Or Favourite Perennial?

Even though my garden is stuffed full of plants, every year I buy more.  Some perennials die out and need replacing; I may expand a bed, add a new bed, or find a little bare spot where I can just ‘tuck something in there’.  And so do I add a staple, a favourite, or an experiment?  To earn the accolade of being a staple perennial (which I also call work horses), there are two huge criteria:  performance, and ease of care.  A staple perennial has multiple desirable attributes that provide show and garden structure over the growing season, for example: long bloom time, detailed or changing foliage, funky seed heads, or spectacular colour, which includes shades of green.  Ease of care is important for any garden – you need bones that don’t take big work so you can enjoy.  Easy care perennials are often drought tolerant, adaptable in siting for sun exposure and soil conditions, and don’t require much if any pruning, deadheading or support.  What makes a favourite perennial is another discussion – this is more personal, where we crave a stellar bloom even though it may be short lived, we want a certain clear blue colour, or maybe a remembered fragrance of rose, and we may be willing to do extra work to get it.  The best is when a favourite perennial is also a work horse!  Below I have included a few photos of perennials blooming in the garden now – some favourites and some staples…  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 2, 2014 and filed under Guidance, Fave perennial, Staple perennial.