Our Favourite Perennials
June 9, 2022
In celebration of June being officially designated as Perennial Month, our staff members share their top picks for the perennial garden.
False Indigo - Baptisia australis
I love baptisia because it forms a beautiful, large, bushy clump. The flowers are gorgeous, but when it is done blooming the foliage continues to shine. I even use the leaves in my cut flower bouquets all season long!
Summer Phlox - Phlox maculata
The summer phlox is irresistible with a long blooming period and many colours to choose from. I love walking by a clump and inhaling the strong sweet fragrance of some of my varieties growing through my gardens.
Hummingbird Mint - Agastache
The plants I love most in my garden is Agastache Kudo series. They seem flower nonstop from early summer well into the autumn and are easy to grow. I have orange and yellow varieties right now and will definitely add more colours as I can. BONUS, the fragrant plumes attract both hummingbirds and butterflies.
Stonecrop - Sedum
I really like the Sedums because of the large choice of textures and colour variations. They are one of the toughest plants that look great without a flower through heat and drought.
Toad Lily - Tricyrtis
Firstly the name just makes me smile. They have small, white to light purple blooms covered in very cool, vibrant purple spots. Even though it’s a shade to part shade plant it definitely shines as an unusual winner! Guaranteed to be a favorite of yours too.
The unique leaves are so nice grouped below the tall very pretty flowers. If deadheaded after first flush of flowers you will get a second flowering. The blue delphiniums are very close to a true blue.
Bee Balm - Monarda
I love plants that attract the butterflies and bees. The pollinator plants are an important part of my garden. If you deadhead as blooms are finished, they will keep flowering for a while.
Shasta Daisy - Leucanthemum
The large single white daisies with a yellow eye remind me of long ago. We would see wild versions growing in fields and along the road side and pick a bouquet to take home for mom. Now I can enjoy them in my garden and still create a cut bouquet for mom. So easy to grow and the white clumps brighten up the gardens for sure.
In my family iris is a special plant with a generational connection. It has been shared from my great-grandmother’s garden to my grandmother’s and then to my mother’s. One day I hope to grow it in my garden too!
Catmint - Nepeta
I simply love Nepeta because the leaves smell like mint and it is a beautiful contrast of violet blooms against blue green foliage. It is very showy and well behaved, not taking over the garden. Also a reliable long bloomer.