What is a Perennial?


In the simplest terms, a perennial is a plant that lives for at least 3 or more years.  We usually use this term to describe herbaceous perennials when talking about gardens.  Trees and shrubs last for many years too of course, but these are woody plants.  The life span of a perennial varies quite a […]

Perennial Gardening with Limited Water


  1. Water is not an endless resource In various regions of North America the supply of clean fresh water for human consumption is becoming a less available resource.  Many urban areas have had to place bans or tight restrictions on residential use of treated water for lawns and gardens.  Even gardeners in rural areas […]

Summer Pinching, Cutting Back and Deadheading


Anybody who grows perennials in their garden is familiar with the idea of cutting off the dead tops of their plants in late fall or early spring.  By nature, most flowering perennials will die back to ground level in the fall, leaving behind their dried-up tops; cutting these back at the appropriate time is a […]

How to Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds (includes Bonus Table)


See Bonus Table below 1. Gardens & Nature In addition to being beautiful, gardens can be a place where humans and nature meet and interact in a positive and beneficial way. Imagine watching colorful butterflies flitting around the border, moving from flower to flower in search of the tasty nectar within. Or sitting perfectly still […]

Perennials for the Shade


Looking for some excellent perennials that thrive in the shade?   Browse our list below. Click on a Botanical Name for more details on each Heritage Perennial. Plant Features Hardy to Zone Bloom Time Drought Tolerant Aegopodium p. ‘Variegatum’ (Bishop’s Weed) Dense carpet of green and white foliage 2 summer yes Ajuga varieties (Carpet Bugles) […]

Perennials for Rock Gardens

Rock Garden

Rock Gardens are a popular gardening style.  There are no set rules but we’re offering some guidelines here, extracted from our sister site:  We hope you find this information helpful when selecting your plant material … Shapes and Sizes True alpine plants are native to high altitude, mountainous regions of the world, and they […]

Perennial Gardening in Containers

Sempervivum (Hens-and-Chicks) in tin oblong container

1.  Container Garden Considerations From patios and balconies to decks and porches, container gardens can add colour and interest to any area around your home… and you don’t even need a garden.  There is a lot to consider in planting and maintaining container gardens, but these tips should provide enough information to make your first […]

Perennials for Ground Cover


CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE JOB One of the great things about Jeepers Creepers® is that they offer solutions to what many gardeners perceive as problem areas.  To help you find the right plant, we’ve created an amazing search feature on our sister site: that can be used in a number of different […]

Succeeding with Hardy Ferns …

Japanese Beech Fern (Thelypteris decursive-pinnata)

  1. SOME FERN FACTS Ferns are valuable garden plants of great dependability and beauty. Their leaves, known as fronds, can be lacy or leathery, plain green or variegated, providing a long season of interest.  Rarely suffering from pests and diseases, they offer trouble-free elegance. Ferns were tremendously popular in Victorian times, and many of […]

Edible Plants (includes Bonus Table)


See Bonus Table below Looking for something to spice up a salad or add a little zing to a recipe? Yes, Virginia…some perennials are edible! Flowers and edible leaves can make a unique addition to salads, or unusual edible garnishes. However, a few words of warning are necessary to avoid potential trouble. Gardeners should always […]