If you want more bang for your buck, look no further than herbaceous perennials. A perennial is a plant that survives for over a year, but may die back to ground level after the growing season ready to spring back up next year.
With a growth cycle that runs like clockwork, year after year, these perennials burst into flower in the warmer months, die back over winter, and perform the same amazing ritual again with each passing year. Plant them properly, and you will enjoy years of delight from these marvellous plants.
Once established, many perennials are relatively hardy and most will thrive with little attention, making them a great choice for budding gardeners. All they need is a little deadheading, some timely pruning and, occasionally, division of one plant into two or more to avoid overcrowding.
Thinking carefully about the flowering times of your chosen plants will help you achieve a border full of non-stop colour from spring through to the first frosts so that as one group of plants finish flowering another group takes over.
As most herbaceous perennials disappear over winter it’s a good idea to add some strong structure evergreen shrubs for year round interest and don’t overlook early flowering bulbs like snowdrops whose flowers are a delight to behold towards the end of a long cold winter.