A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennial plants are divided into two large groups, those that are woody and those that are herbaceous. All woody plants are perennials since they form woody tissue that persists from one year to the next. Woody perennials develop a woody base or root system from which the foliage and flower stems grow year after year while the plant is alive. In common usage the term perennial generally describes herbaceous perennials. Since herbaceous plants as a group include all non woody plants, they can be annuals, biannual and/or perennials.
As a result of crosses between Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea paradoxa there are a host of new and interesting Coneflowers entering the market. The Big Sky Series was recently introduced. As a group, they are rated the best of the new entries. These all have good branching habits and strong stems, good flower size and form, fragrance and unique new colors!Read more
Even the best-planned perennial border can use a little help to make things look tidy. Using the right plant supports can give you the "master gardener" look. Read more