Favourite Perennials

(Revised 25 Nov 2017)

  • My Burning River in July

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.

Agastache 'Tango'

Agastache ‘Tango’

Lespedeza thunbergii 'Gibraltar'

Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’

Persicaria polymorpha

Persicaria polymorpha

Pulmonaria longifolia 'Diana'

Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Diana’

Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephants'

Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Pink Elephants’

Baptisia 'Midnite Prairie Blues'

Baptisia ‘Midnite Prairie Blues’

Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'

Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’

Phytolacca americana 'Silberstein'

Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’

Helleborus ?

Helleborus ?

Helleborus 'Mrs. Betty Ranicar'

Helleborus ‘Mrs. Betty Ranicar’

Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia marilandica

Thalictrum x hybrida 'Elin'

Thalictrum x hybrida ‘Elin’

Phlox paniculata 'Laura'

Phlox paniculata ‘Laura’

Acanthus balcanicus (hungaricus)

Acanthus balcanicus (hungaricus)

Heuchera 'Paris' with Dianthus

Heuchera ‘Paris’ with Dianthus

Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Sparkler'

Thalictrum aquilegifolium ‘Sparkler’

Dicentra 'Red Fountain'

Dicentra ‘Red Fountain’


  1. Sue Lundmark
    January 1, 2017 | 12:37 pm

    I first saw your gardens on the Three Dogs in a Garden Blog and followed you here. I come back to your website time and time again for inspiration and just to view the lovely gardens you have developed. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • garcan
      January 1, 2017 | 1:25 pm

      Sue, Thanks for your encouraging comment. It means a lot to learn that there are gardeners out there sharing similar taste in garden making.

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