A perennial is defined as a plant that has a life of two or more years. The long lifespan of these plants makes them a perfect choice for your commercial landscape. Perennials help to keep beauty and consistency in your landscape, and are plants that mature beautifully throughout the years with proper care. Perennials that offer simple maintenance provide the whole package – beautiful plants that don’t require complicated care, but still thrive within your landscape.
If you’re trying to decide on perennial plants to put into your dream landscape design, these 4 simple picks bring vivid pops of color and don’t require a whole lot of work:
- Begonia – Begonias are a type of herbaceous perennial from the family Begoniaceae, with over 1,700 different types of species within the genus. Requiring full sun to part shade, medium water, and very little maintenance, Begonias have showy beautiful flowers of red, white, pink, or bicolor varieties. They look great planted in flowerbeds, but also make excellent border flowering perennials for walkways or around building edges.
- Geranium – From the Geraniaceae family, Geraniums cover more than 422 species within the genus. These colorful and fragrant perennials can grow to up to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide in some species, and produce flowers of blue, pink, or white for months at a time. A great perennial Geranium species that works as attractive groundcover in zone 8 with bright magenta colored flowers is the Bigroot Geranium, or Geranium Macrorrhizum.
- Hardy Garden Mum – The Hardy Garden Mum, or Chrysanthemum Morifolium, is a perennial showy flower that blooms in pink, purple, red, yellow, and white. While it takes a little more maintenance and fertile soil than the Geranium or Begonia, it’s not a difficult or high maintenance plant by any means. Growing in clumps of up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, they make excellent colorful choices for flowerbeds or borders.
- Knockout Roses – Knockout Roses are one of the country’s best selling landscape plants for a reason. They have beautiful and flashy continuous blooms, and are incredibly tough and durable. They grow in a nice compact formation, and require very little maintenance. With 7 different bloom colors for you to choose from, the Rosa Knock Out Radrazz, or Knockout Rose leaves your landscaping color options wide open, and they thrive in zones 4 through 10.