It’s time to start thinking about your spring and summer perennials! Our team at Naturescapes has put together a beautiful list of plants to add to your garden this year. These unique and natural plants are also less favored by deer— so it’s a win-win. A perennial plant is one that lasts for more than 2 years and blooms in the spring or summer. Let us help you add a little color to your yard!
1. Epimedium (Barrenwort)
This yellow-green plant slowly develops into ground cover and thrives in shady areas. It grows best in rich, moist woodland areas, but is very hardy for most yards along the east coast.
2. Phlox stolonifera (Woodland Phlox)
Speaking of ground cover, this perennial is a beautiful, slow creeping plant that thrives in woodlands and can be found ‘creeping’ in the Appalachians.
3. Stylophorum (Celandine Poppy)
This is a terrific native perennial with a clear, yellow flower. The plant blooms with spring bulbs and will happily spread through garden beds if allowed. The yellow part is toxic to mammals, making it a great deer-resistant pop of color.
4. Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Great low ground cover for sunny to partly shaded locations. Some varieties have burgundy leaves and tiny purple flowers in spring. If allowed, this plant will spread quickly and is fantastic at filling in empty spaces in your garden.
5. Helleborous (Lenten Rose)
Not a rose at all – this perennial actually belongs to the buttercup family and is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the season. This late winter, early spring bloomer has white, chartreuse or purplish flowers. No, it’s not a native but it does naturalize in the garden.
If you are looking for some more garden inspiration, take a look at one of our recent landscaping projects in Easttown Township!