Category: Top 10 Lists

Top 10 Perennials

Top 10 Lists

It’s pretty tough to pick your favourite perennials when you’ve got a few thousand to choose from.  After 30 years of experience growing perennials and gardening, we feel we’re entitled to have our favourites, and we’re pleased to share our hard won knowledge and experience with you. Feel free to share your favourites with your […]

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Top 10 for 2017 By John Schroeder

New & Noteworthy, Top 10 Lists

It’s that time again where I get to make my choices for the current year’s Top 10 perennial list. While the occasion lacks the glitz and hoopla of the Oscars or Grammy Award Ceremony, (or the audience for that matter), it’s a good opportunity to recognize the horticultural equivalents of talent or popularity. My selections […]

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Top 10 for 2016

Top 10 Lists

Operating two of the largest perennial nurseries in Canada gives owner John Schroeder a unique perspective on trends in gardening, and perennials in particular. Ten plants are chosen for Top 10 honours each year as his personal recommendations for your garden! As always, the list includes mostly new varieties, ‘hand picked’ for performance, landscape impact […]

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Top 10 for 2014

Top 10 Lists

A little background for those of you new to Heritage Perennials.  John Schroeder is a nursery grower with 2 nurseries producing the perennials you see in branded blue pots at your local garden centre.  He’s been doing this for over 30 years but this is an onerous task even for him – choosing just 10 […]

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Top 10 for 2013

Top 10 Lists

1.  Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ –  Zone 5 Special award winner at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, this vigorous hybrid deserves to become well known.  With A. rupicola as the female parent, it exhibits continuous flowering starting in mid-June, lasting until mid-November frost.  Not many perennials offer that length of show! The large white flowers are […]

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Top 10 for 2012

Top 10 Lists

Drum roll please! John Schroeder, co-owner with his wife Kelly of Valleybrook Gardens with nurseries in British Columbia and Ontario, has put together his Top 10 New for 2012 list.  As you might guess, with over 30 years of experience growing perennials, annuals, herbs, clematis and roses, he knows a lot about this subject.  Below […]

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Top 10 Perennials for Sunny Gardens

Top 10 Lists

Here are our top picks for the best perennials that do well in a sunny garden.  They can withstand longer hours of sunshine and the drying effects that may accompany it better than some other sun-lovers.  Sunny gardens tend to be one of the easiest to fill with perennials although this is not an exact […]

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Top 10 Perennials of All Time

Top 10 Lists

Now, don’t be annoyed if your favourite plant is not listed.  It’s REALLY difficult to choose only 10 especially when you consider the number of outstanding perennials available in past years and today; not to mention the ones that will be introduced in the future.  Still, we think you would be very hard pressed to […]

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Top 10 Perennials of the 21st Century

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Though many new perennials are introduced every year, only a few become instant classics that will stand the test of time.  In our thirty plus years of growing plants, we’ve seen our share of new plants come and go.  Since the beginning of this century, the flow of new plants has turned into an avalanche.  […]

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