If you were at Bay Landscaping’s 2023 Annuals Event, you already learned about some of the perennials that we recommend planting alongside your annuals.
However, if you weren’t able to make it to that event, don’t worry! Below are the perennials that we think would be great companion plantings for your annuals.
Keep reading to learn about perennials that vary in size, color, planting needs, and more!
An ornamental onion, this Allium hybrid, ‘Serendipity,’ is a fun purple shade. Use in containers or in the ground. It prefers partial to full sun and can grow up to 20 inches tall with a spread of 10 to 15 inches wide.
The flowers attract bees and butterflies but the plant itself is deer and rabbit resistant.
Aralia Sun King
Grown often as a shrub, the golden Japanese spikenard (Aralia cordata) known as ‘Sun King’ has color-changing properties.
That is, if it is grown in part sun, it will be a bright yellow. But if grown in full shade, it will be more of a lime green shade.
It also has deep purple berries and small white spring flowers.
Astilbe Dark Side of the Moon
An Astilbe hybrid know as ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has dark brown leaves (a great contrast against many of our bright annuals), reddish-pink buds, and purple flowers.
Growing to a height of up to 22 inches, it can add some background interest to your property easily and grows in both sunny or shady locations.
Keep in mind that Astilbe plants require a lot of water; they like soil that is consistently moist.
Echinacea Adobe Orange
With both petals and cones a bright orange shade, the ‘Sombrero Adobe Orange’ Coneflower (Echinacea hybrid) is a colorful flower that works in containers, in the ground, and even as a cut flower to bring indoors.
Heuchera Coral Bells
‘Dressed Up Ball Gown’ Coral Bells (Heuchera hybrid) have light or lime green ruffled leaves and white flowers that attract pollinators.
The foliage of the Primo ‘Black Pearl’ Coral Bells (Heuchera hybrid) is a dark black shade and grows in either shade or sun.
Dolce Cinnamon Curls
‘Dolce Cinnamon Curls’ Coral Bells (Heuchera hybrid) grow orangish-red ruffled leaves that turn to copper, red and purple.
Hakonechloa (Japanese Forest Grass)
The ‘All Gold’ variety of Japanese Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra) grows up to 14 inches tall and 2 feet wide. The yellowish-gold grass works in a landscape setting or in a container.
‘Aureola’ Golden Variegated Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra) grows 18 inches tall and wide. It’s a great ornamental grass for areas that are in full shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil. In full shade, the color will be less vibrant than in partly shaded locations.
Ligularia Bottle Rocket
Known for its dark yellow flower spikes, Ligularia hybrid ‘Bottle Rocket’ attracts bees and butterflies.
This perennial flower prefers cool, shady locations with moist soil.
Brunnera Jack of Diamonds
This heartleaf brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack of Diamonds) has leaves that are 9 or 10 inches that are dark green and silver.
Brunnera plants do best in full shade and would benefit from mulch, especially in the winter.
Visit Bay Landscaping for your Perennials
Looking for these or other perennials? Visit Bay Landscaping’s Nursery in the Bay City area for all of your perennial, tree, shrub, or annual needs.
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