I'm designing a new perennial garden, which we've decided will be my 30th birthday present. We have an octagonal breakfast nook off the back of our house, and I've been dreaming of looking out the windows and seeing perennials for three years!
We're still in the early planning stages right now, and I'm imagining both the color scheme and some flowers that I know I want to include. The front of our house is lined with blue hydrangeas, but I want to go more colorful in the back. I'd love to have all shades of pink, purple, yellow and hints of blue.
As far as varieties go, I know I want to include some of my classic favorites: black eyed Susans, peonies, delphinium, bleeding hearts, lilacs, yellow knock-out roses, and of course a hydrangea. The back of our house gets morning sun and afternoon shade, so I need to do some research to see how each of my favorites will do there. I know the bleeding hearts will love it!
I know that perennials will take a few years to grow and fill the garden, so I plan to fill in with some annuals, too. Cosmos, impatiens, petunias, snapdragons, and some pansies will round out the garden.
What are some of your favorite perennials?