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PLANT PROFILES: FLOWERING PERENNIAL

If you’re jonesing for the English cottage style…

…look no further than the FLOWERING PERENNIAL. Known primarily for their vibrant and colorful floral displays, many of the species in this category enjoy full sun. Though there are a few tried and true to bring color to the shade. Some even flower so early they push through the snow!

When arranging perennial designs, try grouping their ornamental interests with a commonality—a fashionable arrangement of stalk-like purple flowers with purple globe flowers allows the eye both rest and subtle interest as the contrast is through texture rather than color.

Use FLOWERING PERENNIALS as the next layer down from trees and shrubs. It is important to remember that while perennials come back every year, they die down to the ground in the winter, so make sure to layer winter interest in front. Otherwise you could be staring at a bare patch all winter.

 

LARGE TREE ORNAMENTAL TREE LARGE FLOWERING SHRUB MID-FLOWERING SHRUB LOW-SPREADING SHRUB UPRIGHT EVERGREEN LOW-SPREADING EVERGREEN
FLOWERING PERENNIAL FOLIAGE PERENNIAL UPRIGHT ORNAMENTAL GRASS SHRUB-LIKE ORNAMENTAL GRASS FLOWERING GROUNDCOVER EVERGREEN GROUNDCOVER VINE

 

KEMORA PICKS Anemone, Astilbe, Balloon Flower, Beardtongue, Bee Balm, Black-Eyed Susan, Blazing Star, Blue Star, Coneflower, Daylily, Flowering Mint, Flowering Sedum, Geranium, Goatsbeard, Goldenrod, Iris, Lenten Rose, Milkweed, Ornamental Onion, Peony, Sage, Shasta Daisy, Wild Indigo, Yarrow

SUN Full Sun to Full Shade
ORNAMENTAL INTERESTS
FLOWERING PERENNIALS provide a great wealth
of variety in terms of bloom color, shape, size,
and duration. A few species offer foliage color
as well for double interest.
DESIGN USE
Since FLOWERING PERENNIALS die back down
for the winter, use for bright pops of summer interest in front of large and mid-size shrubs,
but behind low-spreading shrubs, grasses, or evergreen groundcover.
ALTERNATIVES
Like the ornamental pop of FLOWERING
PERENNIALS
but hate how they look when they’re done flowering? FOLIAGE PERENNIALS maintain
a handsome display throughout the growing
season regardless of flowering.
Lenten Rose Photo Credit: Ruth Hartnup via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]; Peony Photo Credit: Mike Goad via Flickr [CC0 1.0];
Coneflower Photo Credit: Elizabeth M via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
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Plant info found on Google is not always precise as it is an aggregate of information from around the world—so we want to share our observations from years of getting our hands dirty in the Second City. This post is the latest in one of our newest series, PLANT PROFILES, where we explore each plant category as well as the preferred species of Kemora. We love plants which in turn gives us a trained eye for trouble-shooting them. And it is our hope you will come to love them too!

Kemora Landscapes is a full-service design, build, and maintenance company based in Chicago.

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