Perennials are beautiful when in bloom and can make for a stunning display.
Perennial plants and flowers come in virtually every shape, size, color and texture. As you observe the natural landscape, these combinations come into play without even realizing it. As we plan our gardens, perennials are the plants of choice to fill in those lower and mid layers with whatever form, color and texture desired. They are what ties gardens together in a pattern of rhythm, balance and even punctuation.
As you work with perennials in landscape or garden design, keep in mind a few important guidelines to ensure a great looking and vibrant, long lasting garden.
Consider the Planting Location
First, know the growing conditions for the area in which you want to plant. A perennial requiring full sun and well-drained soil will languish in a shady or boggy site, so plan accordingly. Conversely, a plant that prefers shade will appear washed out and stunted when grown in full sun.
Choose Plants Suited to Your Zone
Next, pick plants that are suitable to your climate. A perennial that's hardy in Zone 7 may die in Zone 5, so do your homework first and make sure the plants are suited for the region or even microclimate. If you're unsure, call your county extension service office. The people there will be happy to assist you with appropriate choices and varieties for your climate.
Mix it up
Don't be afraid to combine edibles with ornamentals. Different colored lettuces make attractive edging along a pathway. Dinosaur (‘Lacinato’) kale, with its pale blue leaves, can be planted in containers and combined with annuals for a showy look. Nasturtiums, with edible flowers that liven up green salads, can be used as container accents, in raised beds, or climbing up a trellis. Get more inspiration on edible gardens that are both beautiful and functional.
Arrange Your Garden
As you lay out the garden, plan for the tallest plants and flowers to go toward...