Use Perennials to Paint the Landscape

Landscaping design and installation by Metzger Landscaping & Design.

Many homeowners are interested in saving time and money in the garden. Perennials are one of the best deals you can find. Perennials are always a good value because they come back year after year and some varieties like hosta, daylilies and iris, even multiply over time!

Even without these time and money saving qualities, perennials play an important role in garden design. They serve as the “paints” that will help create a colorful display in the landscape. Just as there are special techniques to applying paints to a canvas, over the years we have learned a few lessons about designing with perennials in the landscape. Metzger Landscaping & Design often strives to add color to our landscaping projects through the use of low maintenance, colorful perennials. In fact, the two  most-often requested wishes by our clients are “low maintenance” and “color”. By using the “right” combination of perennials, we can create both. This is why we say at Metzger Landscaping & Design, “We Turn Gardens into Art”.

Perennials need space, so when designing always plan for growth. Because perennials live for more than one season, they’re constantly growing and enlarging their borders. It’s this changeability that gives a perennial garden its charm. Avoid the temptation to overcrowd young plants; plan for plant expansion. You’ll also need to increase the volume of plants if you want season-long color. When you arrange a planting that combines individual perennials into a harmonious blend of color, texture, and bloom, you’ll savor the beauty and discover the inspiration only perennials can give. Using perennials in the landscape design along with the structure of flowering shrubs, evergreens for winter color and ornamental grasses for texture can turn a landscape into a work of art.

Try These Top 10 Tough Perennials

  • Daylily; Hemorocallis, ‘stella de oro’ & ‘rosy returns’
  • Variegated Hosta, ‘widebrim’ & ‘francee’
  • Black Eyed Susan,  Rudebeckia, ‘goldsturm’
  • Purple Cone Flower, Echinacea, ‘Kim’s knee high’ & ‘white swan’
  • Coral Bells, Huechera, ‘cherry splash’, ‘palace purple’, & ‘caramel’
  • Russian Sage, Pervoskia, ‘little spire’
  • Maiden Grass, Miscanthus, ‘sarenbande’
  • Coreopsis, ‘moonbeam’, ‘route 66’
  • Agastache ‘blue fortune’
  • Salvia ‘purple rain’, ‘blue hills’

To see more great photos of perennials used in our landscapes, visit Metzger Landscaping & Design on Facebook.

First posted 3/23/14 at Indiana Gardening.

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