planting perennials

Perennials come back year after year, bringing seasonal color to your garden. They can add fragrance, attract wild life and create rhythmic change.

Most perennials bloom for a two to three month period, with a handful of long season bloomers out there. Refer to our Perennial Bloom Calendar to help you plan a year full of perennial color. Not only do perennials offer a wide array of flower colors and form but they can also add structure and texture with their foliage and growth habits. Tall, spiky Delphinium add spots of colorful vertical punctuation in a sunny boarder. Where as the robust leaves of Hostas add a lush, dense feel. Whether you are planting containers or in the ground, there is sure to be a perennial or two to fit your garden's needs.

planting perennials

Our website contains a perennial library in progress. New varieties are continually arriving at the nursery. Generally we have the best selection of plants when it is in bloom. Since inventory changes daily, please contact us for the current availability.

planting perennials
  • Plants requiring full sun need at least six hours of direct sun per day at peak season.
  • Shade perennials have a huge range of light needs. Make sure to check if a plant can take full shade if your area does not receive any direct sun.
  • Most, if not all perennials prefer amended soil. This means adding 1-3" of compost to the planting area (depending on original soil structure).
  • Use plants that require the same kind of light, water and soil.
  • It is common to plant perennials in odd numbers, though not required. Your garden is your own work of art and learning experience.
  • Perennials generally take one to two full years to establish.

See our Perennial Bloom Calendar page

Or download the pdf: Perennial Bloom Calendar


Need some help with Shade or Sun Perennials? Try our guides.

Top Ten Shade Perennials

Top Ten Sun Perennials

Download the pdfs:

Perennials for Shade

Shade gardening

Plants for Tough Shade

Perennials for Sun


Need some help with Problem Areas? Try our Planting Solutions and Garden Project sections:

Planting Solutions

Garden Projects

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Thriller, Spiller, Fillers

Build sun and shade containers with a few quick tips! Whether you like to do it yourself, need something quick or would like a custom professional design, we have you covered. Just use our plant lists and tips. In three easy steps, you'll create perfect sun or shade containers and dramatic combinations in the garden.

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Print out our helpful lists of shade and sun plants for "Thriller, Spiller, Fillers":

Thriller, Filler, Spiller Shade Plants

Thriller, Filler, Spiller Sun Plants

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


Lewisia: Bitterroot