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Mar 11, 2019
Plant Perennials For Long-Lasting Impact
Jeff Gibson Ball Seed Landscape Business Manager

We know you are devoting more of your customers’ bed space to perennials. And why not? Perennials have a wide assortment, plus they offer both vibrant flowering varieties and great-looking companion foliage plants, resulting in the biggest visual impact possible.

In the combination photo below, each component has frost-to-frost performance and can bring rich color and texture to your next design.

What a great way to extend your season of color with little- to no-maintenance!

The willowy star of this combo is ‘Whiskers Deep Rose’ Gaura. It reaches a tall height of nearly 16 in. (41cm) and provides movement when the wind blows. The vibrant filler is the Carnival series of Heuchera (Coral Bells). This series is more compact, making it ideal for container showcases, plus it tolerates partial sun locations. Spilling over the sides is Alyssum ‘Golden Spring’. It grows low and spreading, but is zone 4 hardy, offering bright yellow color in the early season.

Whiskers Deep Rose Gaura
Height: 14-16 in.
Spread: 12-14 in.
Exposure: Sun
Zone: 6a-9b
‘Carnival Candy Apple’ Heuchera
Height: 10-12 in.
Spread: 12-14 in.
Exposure: Shade, Partial Sun
Zone: 4a-9b
‘Golden Spring’ Alyssum
Height: 6-8 in.
Spread: 12-14 in.
Exposure: Sun
Zone: 4a-9b

Many of the perennials in your landscape design also attract pollinators, so be sure to share that added benefit with your clients. It feels good to look good, but it also feels good to DO good! Read more about bees, butterflies and beauty in the Thrive archives.

Reader Comments (2)
nice collection... what would you suggest for the blues pink and white collection?
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Sue
Thank you for comment!

For Blues I would definitely recommend Salvia Lyrical Blues from Darwin Perennials. Lyrical Silvertone mixes well with Gaura (white) and foliage items like Ajuga (try Black Scallop or Burgundy Glow). Ajuga Chocolate Chip has bluish tones.

For Pinks there's Salvia Lyrical Rose, or Penstemon Rock Candy Pink or Light Pink. Add in some Monarda Balmy Pink, Lilac or Rose (it's a shorter Monarda). Include a filler like Artemesia 'Powis Castle,' or perhaps multiples of Armeria Dreamaria 'Sweet Dreams' and you'll have plenty of pink for a full summer of color!
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Jeff Gibson
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