What are Perennial Flowers and should I have them in my garden? These are questions that I’m often asked here at Rockbarton Garden Centre. Perennial flowers are simply flowers that will flower year after year, They generally die back into the ground during the winter, but come spring they revive when the temperatures increase enough for growth. There are literally thousands and thousands of varieties of perennial flowers, Some suit a shady corner, some suit a sunny border, others flower all summer and still more flower during the autumn months when there’s very little else colour left in the garden. For today, I’m picking some of my top Perennial performers, the reason being, that these in particular put on a great show and flower for really long periods of time.
Do you have any favourites in your garden? I’d love to hear about what your favourite plants are.
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Now, here’s that top 5 perennials that I promised! Happy Gardening, Lynda
Erysimum Bowles Mauve
These purple/mauve flowers are stunning in the grey/green foliage. Erysimum Bowles Mauve will flower from April right through until August. This is a perennial wallflower and will come back year after year and it is extremely hardy. It likes the soil to be well drained, so avoid anywhere it’s going to get water logged, It enjoys a sunny aspect and can spread up to 3 feet or 1 metre if it’s given the room. (Pictured is the Erysimum just in bud)
These will flower from July right through until October and possibly November if the weather is mild. They come in a myrid of colours and the foliage can be green/purple depending on the variety. They are sown as tubers in late Spring, they like full sun and well drained soil. Some gardeners lift their dahlia tubers after the first frost and store in a shed for the winter until the weather improves. (I leave them in the ground with a good mulch and risk that I might loose them!)
These are hardy Geraniums, not to be confused with the bedding Geraniums, some varieties such as Rozanne and Johnsons Blue will flower from April through to October. They can do well in sun or part shade and with a bit deadheading you will get lots more flowers. This picture is Geranium Rozanne, am particular favourite of mine, it works really well to the front of the border and it will spread along giving lots of colour throughout the season.
I love these as they flower from May until November and if I’m looking to bring flowers into the house, I know that I’ll get three weeks out of them without a problem. Also, they will still be flowering in October when there’s so little else in the garden that can be brought into the house. They are a must have for me in my garden.
The variety pictured here is the popular Lucifer. It has bright red flowers and long tall green stems reaching almost 3 feet (1 metre) in height. They grow from corms, which is similar to a bulb, from mid summer onwards and make a striking display. They really like a sunny spot, but don’t like to be in soil that is too dry during the summer.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids for the Easter break?We are having an Spring Fair, with food from Happy food at Home, BBQ Blasta, Lydia will be back with her famous cupcakes, Lough Gur Pottery will be here to let you try your hand at making a little pot., along with Cookie & Crumb and The Green Apron will be here with their award winning preserves. So why not come visit us on Saturday 31st March 2018 for a relaxing day out at Rockbarton Garden Centre.
P.S. We are proud to announce that the Easter Bunny will also be here to help the children in their hunt for all things chocolate, The children will also be able to enjoy face-painting, making their own clay pinch pots and more on the day. Available slots for the Easter Egg hunt are booking up fast so to avoid disappointment please don’t delay in booking your place, its really easy to do, just click on this link GET TICKETS.