Perennials for Sale Online
Perennials are staples in every garden because they come back year after year, providing your garden with color and vivacity without needing to replant each season. Choose between a vast variety of plant types, including sun, native, deer-resistant, ornamental, or shade perennials to name a few. They serve as excellent complementary plants to the existing specimens in your landscape, and create a layered, multi-dimensional look in your garden when paired with shrubs or trees of a taller structure.
Need help figuring out which perennial plant grows best in your region? Check your grow zone here and see the list of perennials we have narrowed down for you! Garden Goods Direct takes pride in providing America the highest quality plants available so you can enjoy them for years to come. Shop our selection of perennial plants for sale below!
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Benefits of Buying Perennials for Your Landscape
Adds Color Throughout the Season
Shade and long-blooming perennials can add color to your yard all year long (depending on where you live) because not all of them bloom at the same time. You may have some that open up during the spring and others that reach their peak in the fall. This will ensure your yard has visual interest no matter the season.
Certain types of perennials, such as groundcovers (continue reading to learn more about the different options), help to prevent erosion due to the strong root system they create once established. It’s perfect for large spaces of land where grass may struggle growing, or how hillsides where erosion is prevalent.
The heat of summer can be brutal for your garden, especially when you live in a drought-prone area. Fortunately, several perennial plant varieties have reduced water needs, so you can rest easy knowing your plants will survive with minimal water intake. Many of the sun perennials are drought-tolerant, making them perfect for areas that receive frequent sun and hot temperatures.
Grows in Unlikely Areas
Need help covering some unsightly spots in your garden? Do you have patches where grass and other plants can’t seem to thrive? There are perennials that serve this exact purpose! Certain groundcovers grow exceptionally well under trees where the lack of sunlight can be detrimental for other plants. There are also many different shade perennial varieties to choose from where you can plant as foundation planting, underneath trees, underneath covered awnings, and more. Get creative with your space!
Supports Local Pollinators
Local wildlife and pollinators are essential to the ecosystem and ensuring that your garden is thriving for years to come. To give back to them, there are perennials that help to sustain local pollinators and provide nutrients, shelter, and more. You can create a natural habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other local wildlife right in your backyard!
How to Buy the Right Perennials Online for Your Garden
What Is Your Local Climate Like?
Always choose plants that are appropriate for your local climate and the area you’re planting. Perennials come in many different varieties, so you are sure to find one that can grow in your particular region. If you need help figuring out what grow zone you live in, use our trusty grow zone finder!
What Purpose Would It Serve?
Depending on what you intend to use this perennial for, some may be more suitable than others. Do you want to create an oasis for your local pollinators? There are specific perennials that are grown to do just that. Do the sun’s rays have a hard time reaching your garden? Shade perennials will thrive with reduced exposure to sunlight. Or you may have tall trees that inhibit most plants from being able to grow well underneath them. If that’s the case, there are groundcovers that do well growing under tall canopies. Learn more about the different types of perennials below!
What Style Do You Want to Create?
Landscaping is like interior decorating - it requires a lot of thought and attention to create a cohesive and beautiful design that blends varying types of flowers and foliage together. Long-blooming flowering perennials will add charming color to a sea of green leaves. For a modern or desert-oasis look, ornamental grasses come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors that would create a peaceful, low maintenance space where you can unwind.
Put some thought into this step because it can be frustrating to dedicate time, resources, and labor into planting different perennial plants just to realize that they clash with your home’s appearance.
If you have any questions about the best type of perennial plants for your garden’s needs, contact Garden Goods Direct to speak with one of our nursery experts!
How to Properly Care for Perennials
Perennial care differs from plant to plant, so it’s essential to consider the individual needs of each shrub before purchase. However, there are some universal guidelines that can be applied to all types:
Timing and quality soil are essential for setting perennials up for success. In general, it’s best to plant perennials when the soil is malleable and roots can spread, establishing themselves for the growing season ahead. In cooler climates, you may have to wait till springtime once the ground has had the opportunity to thaw from a cold winter. If you live in warmer regions of the country, you can usually get away with planting perennials around fall in preparation for the upcoming season.
As you prepare to dig the planting hole, make sure it’s as deep as the root ball and several inches wider than the container it was delivered in.
Watering recommendations will fluctuate depending on what type of perennial you just purchased. Full sun perennials may require more frequent watering since they get more direct sunlight versus a shade perennial that may not, therefore, it retains more moisture and can benefit from a less frequent watering schedule. With perennials, it’s best to check the soil to gauge when it needs to be watered. When it’s time for a thorough watering, the soil should be dry about an inch down. You can stick your finger or gardening trowel into the dirt to get a better idea of the moisture levels.
With perennials, be sure to fertilize your soil regularly - a slow-release fertilizer is best. This will help provide essential and added nutrients that can help your plants establish sooner. For blooming perennials, we recommend using Espoma Flower-tone. It helps to enhance and prolong flower growth so you can enjoy the colorful blossoms for longer.
It’s also a good idea to start fertilizing your soil in preparation for planting perennials because it can support healthy root systems for longer lifespans. However, this is not a necessary step if you don’t happen to plan that far in advance.
By adding a layer of mulch around your perennial plants, this will serve as protection against hard temperatures and weeds. Mulch helps to suppress weed growth ensuring that your plant is not competing for nutrients. It also helps to retain moisture which is especially helpful in areas that do not experience frequent rainfall or often see high temperatures. We recommend using high quality, nutrient-rich mulch like cedar. While that’s the preferred mulch type, any will do - check your local availability!
Types of Perennial Plants for Sale Online at Garden Goods Direct
Perennials come in many sizes, shapes, and colors with various bloom times from early spring to late fall. It is best to plan your garden by the plant’s blooming schedule along with the cultural needs (sunlight, moisture levels, soil type).
4 main types of perennials:
- Short-lived: return anywhere from 2-3 years from planting.
- Long-lived: return for 5 or more years.
- Herbaceous: die back to the ground each winter.
- Woody: lose their leaves in the fall/winter (depending on the hardiness zone), but the root system remains alive.
As the name suggests, sun perennials require daily exposure to sunshine, optimally receiving at least six to eight hours per day. They’re easy to grow, making them an ideal choice for first-time gardeners. Since they love the sun, some are even drought-resistant, meaning you won’t need to water them daily. People who travel or work long hours may want to invest in these low-maintenance plants. Do you love having fresh flowers around the house? You can cut sun perennial plants and put them in vases to brighten up your home. Plus, when you plant these flowers, you’ll also help the soil system in your yard because their root growth helps to aerate the yard.
Shade perennials thrive without exposure to direct sunlight, which can burn their delicate flowers and stems. Growing best in shadier places, like underneath large trees or a porch, shade perennials have strong roots to draw in nutrients and are particularly hardy. Garden Goods Direct offers many options, including Astilbes, Ferns, Hellebores, Heucheras, Hostas and several kinds of grass, so you can keep your shaded area growing strong throughout the season. There are a few standout shade-bloomers like Astilbe that offer striking splashes of color for weeks at a time.
Like sun perennials, shade perennials draw in nutrients from a wider area than annuals due to their strong roots. Known for their hardiness, shade groundcovers can help keep topsoil moist and protect your yard from erosion caused by wind that stirs up dry soil.
Deer are a problem for many gardeners, as they eat almost any plants they come in contact with. But there are several varieties of plants that are unpalatable for deer and are less likely to be picked over by your local wildlife. These include several types of Asters, Achillea, Daylilies, Echinacea and Irises. With these options, you can still maintain a colorful landscape while keeping the deer at bay.
There are some spots in your garden where you don’t want to plant statement pieces, but also don’t want the grass to grow. For these areas, groundcover can be a great option. These plants spread across the vacant spaces of your garden, suppressing weeds, and adding texture and color to your landscape. Even better, they tend to be very low-maintenance, making them an excellent option for gardeners of all levels. We offer several ground cover options, including English Ivy, Geraniums, and Verbena.
Many of the plants used in modern gardens originated from elsewhere in the world, traveling across seas and borders to reach America and provide foreign charm. However, it’s always good to get back to the roots of North America with native wildlife. At Garden Goods Direct, we offer several native perennial options, including Asters, Echinacea, Heuchera, Honeysuckle and Switch Grass.
Pollinator insects and birds are essential parts of your local ecosystem. From bees to hummingbirds, keeping your local pollinators fed is vital to your garden and your environment. It’s also an incredible sight to see butterflies visiting your garden through the summer months. Keep your local pollinators coming with perennials that attract them like Achillea, Hyssop, Echinacea, Hibiscus, Lavender and Salvia plants.
Don’t confuse these grasses with your lawn grass. Ornamental grasses are hardy and beautiful additions to any garden, adding versatility and a sense of movement to your landscape as they sway in the breeze. Many options have colorful blooms as well, adding lithe pops of color to your lawn. Some popular choices from Garden Goods Direct include the Carex Ice Dance, Miscanthus Morning Light, Panicum Heavy Metal, and Feather Reed varieties.
One of the most frequently asked questions by gardeners is which perennials bloom the longest? Garden Goods Direct offers a wide variety of premium perennials with excellent bloom time, colors that dazzle and are easy to care for.
While there are many great choices, these long blooming perennials have proven to be the best choices based on flowering season, ease of care and sustainability.
Our short list of go-to long blooming perennial plants includes Agastache Blue Fortune, Echinacea Pow Wow Wildberry, Lavender Phenomenal, Nepeta Walker's Low, Perovskia Atriplicifolia (Russian Sage), and Rudbeckia Goldsturm (Black-Eyed Susan).
Order Perennials from America’s Online Garden Center
As America’s online plant nursery, we take pride in providing our customers with top-notch perennials produced from the highest quality stock plants available. We only sell healthy, vibrant specimens that have been granted Woodie’s Seal of Approval, giving them the best shot at surviving and establishing in a new environment.
Wherever you live, you can buy perennials online from Garden Goods Direct and your order will be delivered straight to your door! No hassle or fuss required from your end. Perennials are staples in a gardener’s yard, and are the missing piece to the puzzle that adds dimension, color, and functional benefits to your property. Choose from a vast array of the different kinds of perennials for sale at Garden Goods Direct, we are confident that you will find what you are looking for!