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Perennials have many uses in the garden, and since most of our perennials are offspring of our native wildflowers they are quite hardy here. There are perennials for almost every garden situation. Introduce some hardy beauty to your yard or beds.
With the crazy weather patterns,
we have experienced over the last couple of years, plants that can withstand our ever-changing climate are very attractive. Perennials such as Hostas and Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) are excellent in the shade while salvias and sedums enjoy the sun. We’ll have new varieties available to expand your collection as well. To make it easy come into the perennial area and you’ll find a unique display of shade tolerant plants, to give you some great options when it comes to growing something special in your shady areas. We’ll have other distinct displays in the perennial area where you can see what’s in bloom, sun plants and low growers as well.
Try planting smaller varieties in clusters, but larger perennials should be planted on their own. Once perennials are established, they need very little maintenance. Remove debris from the area in the spring, water when needed, and fertilize in spring and early summer. In the fall, tall plants can be cut down to 18-24 Inches (45-60 cm.), or left throughout the winter. They will trap dry leaves and snow, which helps to insulate the roots over the winter.
greengate Garden Centres is pleased to offer Heritage Perennials grown in distinct blue pots by Valleybrook Gardens, a Canadian family-owned nursery. One of North America’s largest wholesale producers of herbaceous perennials, growing millions of plants each season at two facilities: Abbotsford, British Columbia and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Perennials are a hardy and attractive addition to any yard. They require little work, and come back every year bigger and better. Consult your knowledgeable greengate Garden Centres staff for recommendations and helpful advice.
Perennials are non-woody plants that live longer than two years. They generally bloom once a year, for anywhere from a day to more than a month. Most perennials die back to their roots in the fall, although some varieties will remain green throughout the winter.
Some perennials, like bellis and delphinium, have a short lifespan, and may live for only four or five years. Other perennial plants, such as aster and peony, can last for decades with little attention.

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