(Revised 5 Jan 2016)
The universe of perennials is so diverse in colours, forms, sizes, and characters etc. that gardeners who enter seldom come out. It would take more than a life time to finish exploring/enjoying them thoroughly. Perennials are ‘designed’ for northern gardens. The way they come back, dazzle and go away each season keeps gardeners looking forward to see their return each year.
Like human friends, perennials have a wide range of personalities that a gardener need to pay attention to; if you want them to come back to visit you, or look presentable in your garden. Many highly ornamental perennials can leave an ugly mess after their visit. Some perennials spread fast and refuse to be un-invited. Some perennials require more maintenance efforts than others. As the garden grows and the gardener ages, more and more attentions will be shifted towards those with simpler life style except a few ‘must have’ favourites that require extra attentions.
In our haste to adopted new perennials obsessively, and plant them somewhere in the garden, we often lost track where they were and even forget about them. Their statuses in our database end up as ‘Lost in the Garden’ (or LIG). In theory, since we have our plant ‘immigrant process’ in which we registered every new plant into our plant database, and assigned a name tag before we planted it, we should know better. In practice, keeping the records up-to-date is a real challenge. The objective of preparing the pages here is intended to force me to review the status of my perennial collection. Unfortunately, the logistic of such review is problematic since I have to rely on the few photos that I managed to snap over the past seasons, and it is not practical to check the name tags under snow cover. I suppose the feeble review here is better than nothing.
Some of the perennial groups we grow are listed alphabetically in the menu on the sidebar to the right.