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Perennials: an attractive garden all year round

Perennials: an attractive garden all year round

Perennials are non-woody plants who live for two or more years. Most are herbaceous, dying back in autumn to ground level, some to a woody base, and putting out new growth in spring. Some, like Helleborus nigerare “evergreen” and, therefore, have a presence wintry valuable.


Most of the display of perennials occurs in summer, but some flowers such as Liriope muscari and Iris unguicularisenliven the garden in autumn and winter, while Helleborus orientalis they welcome spring with their blooming. We can find perennials that look their best at any time of the year, which gives a lot of play when it comes to design a yard.

Much more than any other type of plants, perennials have an immense variety of appearances, smells, shapes, colors and textures. Although they are often valued more for their flowers, many also have attractive foliage; from the ribbed and rolled leaves of the beautiful ones to the sword-like bands of the lilies or the very fine outline of the fennels. In general, the foliage lasts longer than the flowers, so choosing ornamental leaf perennials helps to extend the appearance of our garden longer, which is an important factor to consider in small gardens.

Height varies among crawlers, such as Lamium maculatum, from only 10 to 15 cm in height to the sculptural Argentine grass, which can widely exceed 2 m. Ground perennials are ideal for the front of the garden or in containers, while the tall, graceful plants are best grown singly or at the back of a border to add lift and structure to the design.

The perennials right combined they are capable of creating a sensation of variety even in very small gardens, or the greatest peculiarities in a large one: they are an unlimited composition palette.

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