Perennials

This page lists many of the perennials that I have written about on pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on the name of each plant to discover more information and find links to further articles.

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Achillea millefolium is a herbaceous perennial that produces lovely ferny, scented foliage and large flat flower heads; each flower is made up of numerous individual florets.  This is a wildflower of the UK, as well as many countries in Europe and Asia.  Plants have spread…

Agastache ‘Blackadder’ is a short lived, herbaceous perennial plant that produces aromatic leaves, which are beautifully complemented by spires of handsome blue coloured, edible flowers, during the summer months.  This is a super plant to grow for bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.  Agastache ‘Blackadder’ flowers provide…

Agastache rugosa ‘Golden Jubilee’ is a hardy herbaceous perennial plant that produces lime green leaves, which are perfectly complimented by spikes of purple flowers.  This is an aromatic plant, with scented leaves and fragrant flowers.  The mauve coloured flowers that this Agastache produces during the…

Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ = ‘Macane001’ (PBR) was the winner of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2011 Competition.  This hybrid Anemone was raised in Scotland, by plant specialist Elizabeth MacGregor. Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ is a cross between earlier and later flowering…

Anemone x hybrida ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ (Pretty Lady Series) is a hybrid Japanese anemone cultivar, from the Pretty Lady Series.  This is a hardy, herbaceous perennial plant, with a naturally compact form that was bred by Mr Yoshihiro Kanazawa, in Japan.  Anemone x hybrida ‘Pretty…

Anemone × hybrida ‘Montrose’ is a late summer and early autumn flowering herbaceous perennial, with attractive semi double, shell pink coloured flowers that almost seem to radiate the glory of the golden September and October sunshine.  Anemone × hybrida ‘Montrose’ produces open centred blooms, that…

Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana is an evergreen, mat forming, perennial plant, with finely cut silvery green leaves.  In May, June, and July, Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana produces pretty daisy flowers that grow to around 30cm (2ft) tall. Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana is a really useful drought…

You can’t miss Anthemis tinctoria when it’s in flower, as these glowing, sunny yellow daisies really stand out across the garden.  Anthemis tinctoria is commonly known as Dyer’s Chamomile, as the flowers and stems of this plant can be used to dye fabrics and other…

Aquilegia ‘Hensol Harebell’ is an elegant herbaceous perennial that produces charming, pendant blue-purple flowers, that are held on slim, but sturdy stems.  This Aquilegia flowers during May and June (late spring and early summer), in the UK.  Aquilegia ‘Hensol Harebell’ flowers are a magnet for…

Asparagus, also known by its botanical name of Asparagus officinalis, is a delectable vegetable, which is made even more appetising when you eat the spears the same day they are harvested.  The sooner you eat asparagus spears, the sweeter they taste.  Freshly harvested asparagus spears…

Astrantia major ‘Ruby Wedding’ is a hardy perennial plant that blooms in the summertime, producing stunning ruby coloured, round, pincushion type flowers, so typical of Astrantia.  The flowers are popular with bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects.  Prompt deadheading of the spent Astrantia blooms…

Centaurea nigra has many common names, including Hardheads, Common Knapweed, and Lesser Knapweed.  This hardy perennial can be found growing as a wildflower across Europe.  Plants don’t need any special care, making these herbaceous perennials great plants to grow in containers, or as part of…

Named in honour of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Chrysanthemum ‘Rossano Charlotte’ (Rossano Series), produces striking flowers – the ray petals are a sugary pink colour, tinged with lime green at their tips.  This new Chrysanthemum has a bushy habit and flowers in summertime. Chrysanthemum…

Cosmos atrosanguineus is a summer flowering perennial.  Plants produce slender flowering stems, which are each topped with small dusky chocolatey maroon coloured, open flowers.  Like other Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus flowers are popular with bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.  Deadhead the flowers as they fade,…

Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ is a hybrid, hardy orchid, which was named in honour of Sir Simon Milton.  Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, this new orchid featured in the planting on the Sir Simon Milton Urban Connections Garden, which was designed…

Dianthus ‘Tequila Sunrise’ is part a new series of perennial pinks that have been developed over seven years of breeding by Whetman Pinks.  Christened the Cocktails Series, each cultivar is named after a celebratory drink, this one being ‘Tequila Sunrise’.  Hardy, drought-tolerant and easy to…

Digitalis ‘Camelot Cream’ is an absolutely fabulous foxglove!  This F1 hybrid flowers for a really long time, much longer than many foxgloves, producing flowering stems that are full of gorgeous cream flowers, which are decorated with crimson-maroon freckles.  It’s a really very pretty plant that’s…

Digitalis ‘Candy Mountain’ is a short-lived perennial foxglove, famed for its horizontal flowers.  Every single bloom is tilted upwards.  This floral adaptation allows us to admire each individual flower’s markings; it provides us with the perfect opportunity to observe bees buzzing in and out of…

After a name change, when this plant was briefly known by the botanical name Isoplexis canariensis, the Canary Island foxglove has now reverted back to its earlier botanical name of Digitalis canariensis.  This tender, evergreen shrub is endemic to the Canary Islands, where plants grow…

Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’ is an absolutely stunning foxglove!  Plants produce tall spires of fantastically beautiful, tan coloured flowers; each individual bloom is enhanced by a gorgeous rusty coloured veining.  The whole effect of a Digitalis ferruginea ‘Gigantea’ plant in bloom is truly breathtaking.  I remember…

Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’ is a perennial foxglove that was bred by John Fielding, in the UK.  This is a really unusual foxglove; it’s a strikingly beautiful plant, which is praised for its robust character, as well as its good looks.  Digitalis x valinii ‘Firebird’…

Drosera rotundifolia is a small, low growing, perennial carnivorous plant that forms a rosette shape as it grows.  Drosera rotundifolia is also known by its common name of round leaved sundew, this plant naturally grows in acidic peaty, boggy, marshy soils, across heathlands, lowlands, moors, and…

Erigeron annuus is a charming plant which is sometimes called Tall Fleabane.  In the UK, Erigeron annuus plants produce tall sprays of small white-petalled, yellow-centred daisies from June to the end of October (early summer to early autumn).  These plants display a relaxed and floaty…

Erigeron karvinskianus is a dear little herbaceous perennial plant, that originates from Mexico.  One of this plant’s common names is Mexican fleabane, it’s also known as the Mexican daisy.  This is a small herbaceous perennial, that forms spreading, mat-like, low growing, slightly tangled plants, with…

Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ is a super duper perennial; it’s the ideal plant choice, if you’re looking for a floriferous perennial or a plant to encourage bees and butterflies.  Plants produce neat maroon buds that open to reveal mauve flowers that fade to lilac, which are…

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