Brighten Your Landscape With Colorful PerennialsMar 20, 2015 | By: KM Landscaping
This month I want to pay special attention to one aspect of the home landscape I feel gets overlooked this time of the year; perennials. Often, perennials get portrayed as "high maintenance" or "temperamental" plants. That just isn't true. No matter what your space allowance, maintenance or climate requirements are, there are numerous perennial varieties that will suite your needs. When designing I have perennial staples, certain plants I know work well and I try to use those plants as much as I can. That’s not to say every single customer of mine has a landscape full of Hosta and Veronica; no, it just means I know what works and which plants will work hard for you.
One variety I feel gets bad press is the Hemerocallis, or “Daylilly” as you probably know it. When our customers hear Daylily they immediately think of the orange lily their mother had in her garden. Yes, the same lily that forced its way into every nook and cranny of your landscape because of its never-tiring habit of spreading. Thankfully, those days are over. With the many new varieties to choose from you would be hard pressed to find a Daylily that didn't work in your landscape. With new varieties sporting colors like deep purple to the traditional yellow, you are certain to add color and flare to your landscape by using these hardy specimens.
While there are many varieties of perennials that require quite a bit of care, there are just as many that -- given the right home -- could become the star of your landscape. One perennial that is quickly becoming my favorite is the beautiful Japanese Forest Grass. You have the option of either gold or variegated and she gets around 2-2.5 feet tall. My favorite aspect, and probably the most appealing to you, is the fact that this grass can take part to deep shade, a quality hard to find in the perennial world, especially with a perennial grass.
My next favorite is the increasingly popular Sedum. Sedum is a succulent perennial that comes in two main forms: upright and groundcover. Right off the bat it is an extremely useful plant. Add in its tolerance to arid conditions and low maintenance and you have a great perennial on your hands. There are many beautiful varieties to choose from, each offering something of value. Sedum is a kind of double threat in the fact that most varieties not only produce small, showy flowers, but have nicely colored foliage as well. It's a great pick if you are interested in low maintenance but not sacrificing color and texture.
As I mentioned before, perennials can sometimes go unnoticed when planning your landscape. To the professional landscaper, they are an invaluable resource when creating that beautiful outdoor space you desire. I invite you to look into adding some new plants to your landscape this coming season. Remember, nothing beats the aesthetic value a visually striking perennial can provide.