Roger's Backyard Nursery
Perennial flowers are plants that return each year with a little more size and better flowers. The plant that you see above ground will die back usually after a hard freeze in the late fall. The root system that supplies all the nutrients lives on and sends up new growth in the spring. The roots actually multiply so there are more plants that grow. Some types of flowers need divided after a few years because the original root section has died and it leaves a void, usually in the center of the plant. Flowering may not seem to last as long as annual flowers, but can sometimes be extended or repeated by deadheading to prevent the flower from going to seed. Perennial flowers usually have better plant foliage so they are still a welcome addition to a flower bed even though they are not blooming. There are many, many varieties of perennial flowers and we only sell a small selection of what is available.
There is quite a large selection of flowers that grow in our yard, from crocus, daffodils, and hyacinths in early spring, to tulips, phlox, and daylilies later on. As summer starts, so do the garden phlox, coneflowers, and black-eyed susans. A real sight to see is the Autumn Sun Coneflowers, standing over 6 feet tall with their groups of large yellow coneflowers and the butterflies taking turns at the nectar.
That is probably the best side effect of having lots of colorful flowers blooming in your yard. The butterflies are fluttering from flower to flower. There are usually several varieties of butterflies in the yard at any one time. Hummingbirds are another frequent guest to the many flowers. It is not unusual to have a close call with one of the fast flying swordsmen as they dart around while we are in the yard . They will actually hover right in front of your face and squeak at you as if you are in their yard.
Red Hot Pokers, Hyssop, Liatris, Bee Balms, and a few others. We seem to be adding things to the list each season.