Perennials are plants hardy enough to nap through our Edmonton Capital Region winters and reappear in spring. The perennials that survive in our area are those which are assigned a rating of zones 1 – 4. Perennials have a shorter season of bloom and can be classified as spring, summer, or autumn bloomers. Some, though only a few, are continuous bloomers. With that in mind, choosing a variety of perennials with different bloom times is important. Spring, summer & autumn bloomers are available in the sun and shade sections of our perennial department and we would love to assist you with finding the perennials that will work for you.
Sun perennials prefer a minimum of 6-8 hours of sunshine; some fancy a wet environment while others thrive in a dry environment. Included in this section are Campanula, Daylilies, Euphorbia, Ornamental Grasses, Heuchera (coral bells), Lilies, Salvia, Sedums, and Veronica. Come and take a walk through our perennial department for a peek into the many options available to the gardens in our area.
Shade perennials are less enthusiastic about sun exposure, looking for 4 hours or less of the gentle sun. The exposure for this garden would be due north, a little west and east of north, or even under a thickly foliaged large tree. Popular perennials for this type of environment are Ajuga, Astilbe, Bleeding Hearts, Heuchera, and Ligularia. Often the plants selected for this garden as chosen for the beauty of their foliage rather than their blooms. This by far doesn’t encapsulate all the choices we have for the solutions we offer for the shade garden.
Alpine perennials are those that classically bloom in spring and are less that 12” tall. They are a less known subcategory of perennials but those who have rock gardens, shade or sun, are always looking for unusual characters to add to their alpine collection. We have favorites we carry every year such as Lewisia, Saxifraga, and Sempervivum; and others we feature intermittently to add a new dimension to the nooks and crannies of your alpine garden. We enjoy searching out these unique additions for this specialty garden.
Ground Cover Perennials
Ground cover perennials are those that creep along the ground to cover large areas or spaces between rocks in a pathway. They can also assist in weed control. Some ground covers are tough enough to be stepped on and at the same time provide a delicate fragrances. Some of our favorites include Saponaria, Creeping Thyme, and low growing Sedums.