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Herbaceous Perennials

Perennials are ornamental plants that live for more than one seasons and many gardeners like them because perennials return year after year. Most of the perennials sold at Cleeve Nursery are hardy – they can stay out in the garden all year round and are resistant to frost. Virtually all are grown in pots so that they can be planted any time of the year but autumn and spring planting are the best times.

Herbaceous perennials die back to a rootstock in winter where next year’s shoots are protected. In the spring, as the soil warms up, the plant starts to grow back. Perennials can be as delicate looking and as varied as annuals, they come in every shape and size, and are available for every season and climate, giving a burst of colour around the same time each year.

Long blooming and repeat blooming perennial flowers, especially in large blocks of colour, give you the most impact for your money, whilst a specimen plant as a centre piece can be stunning. We can supply you with low maintenance, easy care perennial plants; hardy perennials that will survive harsh winters; shade-loving or drought-tolerant perennials and those that don’t mind sitting in puddles.

There are tall perennials for the back of your borders, ground-cover perennials and tiny alpines for your rockery. With all this variety, our staff can help you choose the perennials that will suit your garden and help you narrow down the flowers that are just right for you

Sun-Loving Perennials

Where the sun is on your border the whole day we have perennials that will love that.  Amongst the range at Cleeve Nursery, you will find Lupins, Delphiniums, Sedums,  Achillea, Salvia and lots of others. 

Shade Loving / Tolerant Perennials

Foxgloves, Rodgersia, Alchemilla mollis, Acanthus, Foxgloves, Anemones, some hardy Geranium, Hostas, Brunnera, Bergenias, Astrantias and Hellebores grow in shade or partial shade.

Drought Tolerant Perennials

Once established, many perennial plants will thrive even in very dry conditions. Sedum [ice plants] store water in their leaves but when in flower are a magnet for bees and butterflies. Hardy salvia, Artemisia, Gaura, thyme, Verbena and Verbascum provide a great variety of colour shape and form and will put up with dry conditions.

Low Maintenance Perennials

With busy lives, many gardeners are looking for easy to manage plants that require little or no attention. Low growing Cotoneaster, Juniper, Euonymus, Pachysandra and Epimedium give good attractive ground cover. Again a themed display of suitable plants, backed up by Cleeve Nursery’s extensive experience in this area, will help you to make the right choice for your garden.

Perennials That Attract Wildlife

Our gardens have become an exceptionally important place for wildlife!
Planting perennials that provide nectar for insects, food for pupae, shelter and nesting material for birds and berries and seeds to help wildlife through winter is not only important but provides us with the opportunity to see this wildlife up close.

The trained and experienced staff at Cleeve Nursery will help you to choose wisely without compromising the decorative aspects of your garden too.

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