planting perennials

Planting Perennials For Texture & Color

I love planting perennials because you plant them once and they return bigger and better every year.  Everyone should have some in their yard because they help transition from tall trees and shrubs to smaller flowering plants.  When planning a perennial garden, there are a few tips to remember.

Most perennials are in bloom during certain times of the year.  Make sure you get a combination of bloom times so there will be color all season long.  Its also nice to get a variety of interesting textures and colors of foliage.  This helps your garden look great even when the perennials aren’t blooming.   Also, pay attention to how tall they grow.  Here are seven great perennials for our area.  Remember, there are hundreds of varieties that grow wonderfully here, so visit the nursery for more ideas and information.


Rising Sun Coreopsis

(Coreopsis Rising Sun) These bloom with large golden-yellow, double flowers with slightly maroon centers. Continuous color from June until fall. Remove spent blossoms to encourage the most blossoms.  They grow 16-20” tall and 20” wide in full sun.  Its perfect to add a punch of color in flowerbeds year after year and works well in hot, sunny locations.  The blooms attract butterflies and can be used for cut flowers too.

Snowcap Shasta Daisy

(Leucanthemum Snowcap)  This is such a great classic perennial.  The large white blooms with yellow centers brighten up any garden.  This plant is compact which makes is sturdier in windy areas (like Idaho).  It should be used in borders or towards the front of the garden.  Plant in a sunny spot and enjoy this easy to grow, easy to care for flower.

Caradonna Salvia

(Salvia Caradonna)   Nothing stops the eye more than a cluster of deep indigo blossoms.  This 20-28″” tall perennial has large flower spikes that bloom throughout June, July, and August.  Cut back spent blossom spikes to keep a show of bright color in the garden.  Plant in a sunny spot in the middle or back of perennial gardens.  This also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Hosta Plantain Lily

(Hosta) Hostas make a bold statement in a shady spot with masses of decorative textured leaves.  There are many varieties available with bold foliage, different growth sizes, and textures.  Many people that can’t get anything else to grow in a shady spot love hostas.

Gallery Series Lupine

(Lupinus)  You’ll love the enormous fat flower spikes that bloom from June through August.  The Gallery Series of Lupines come in many colors- blue, pink, red, yellow, and white.  They grow 2-3’ tall and about 2’ across so use them towards the back of flower beds.    They are extra hardy and love cool places, making them a good choice for places like Ashton or Teton Valley. Since they are short lived perennials or biennials, leave some flower spikes to set seed for future generations, or trim back after flowering.

 Northern Lights Hair Grass

(Deschampsia Northern Lights)  The slender foliage is green and creamy white with a slight pink tint.  It is a great way to add texture to your flowerbeds in early spring and late into the fall.  They grow in a low mound, 8-14” tall and wide and prefer a partly shady or cool spot.

Walker’s Low Catmint

(Nepeta Walker’s Low) Periwinkle blue flower spikes adorn fragrant mounds of silvery-grey foliage.  It attracts local pollinators, tolerates heat and loves full sun or part shade. Grows 24-30″ tall and 30-36″ wide .


These are just a few of the many perennials that work in Eastern Idaho.  Our selection is constantly changing, so see us for availability. One easy way to have always have a colorful perennial garden is to stop by the nursery weekly throughout the summer and see what’s blooming. Pick up a few blooming perennials each visit and you’ll end up with a gorgeous perennial garden that is always in bloom. Have fun planting perennials and get a garden full of unique textures and colors to enjoy for years to come.