In this video, Sally from Sugar Creek Nurseries gives a list of the top ten perennials for starting a new perennial garden.
The flowers have been selected based on dependability and their ability to flourish in the climate around Kirkwood, Missouri.
A perennial is a flowering plant that comes back annually. For those interested in further research, these are the flowers Sally discusses in the video:
1. Leucanthemum Shasta Daisies: These flowers are typically white. The most common leucanthemum in the area is the Becky, which grows to about hip height, around 32 inches tall.
2. Dianthus: Considered pinks or cheddar pinks, Dianthus are low-growing, mounding plants with sweet fragrance and carnation blooms. Perfect for edging the garden.
3. Coneflowers: Come in many different colors, but the one that is traditionally used in the area is the Magnus, which grows to between 30 and 42 inches tall.
4. Coreopsis Moonbeams: These are the yellows and the oranges. Known for blooming a lot, and for a long time. They typically reach 18-24 inches in height.
5. Cranesbill Geraniums: Gorgeous violet colors that might rebloom with proper trimming. They are considered mounders, but can grow as tall as 22 inches.
6. Kalimeris Bluestars: These have a small blue daisy. They are fun, dependable flowers that sometimes offer a second bloom.
7. Indian summer: Including Rudbeckias and Black-eyed Susans. These flowers give rich yellows in late summer.
8. Salvias: Most Salvias bloom bright blue, but their colors may range into purples and sometimes pinks or whites. These are spike-type blooms.
9. Veronicas: Similar to Salvias, usually blue, spike-type blooms. Bloom later in the year than Salvias.
10. Asters: Globe asters are short, low-mounding, fall-blooming perennials that offer beautiful rich blues, deep whites and shocking pinks.