Perennials are usually long-lived, Viola Cornuta colorful flowers that die every fall and re-emerges every spring. Because of their size, they are suitable for smaller areas as well as large gardens. They can be used as an “infill” in a garden.

Flowers are often the main attraction for most gardeners, but the habit of certain perennials earns them the place in your garden. Grasses, with their slender leaves, add structure to the perennial border.

Perennial Borders

A perennial border is most often organize with the tallest plants in the back. From then on, work your way in by taking into consideration the full-grown size of the plant. Shrubs can be added as punctuation points in the border.

Limiting the color choices will produce greater impact and you won't have to worry as much about the blooming seasons or whether the colors of the different plants will go together. A border needs a theme so it doesn't become a jumbled collection of plants. Using a few if the same variety through a border usually works well. When planning a border, it pays to go for simplicity. Repeat groups of plants and keep the colors limited. Also use plants in the border for foliage interest, so when the flowering season is over, there is still something to look at.

Water Loving Perennials

Some plants love very moist soil and some can even grow with their feet in the water itself. Ideally a pond needs water loving perennials: a few deep-water plants, a few in the shallow edges of the pond, and some along the pond's edges.