Perennials made easy – how to choose and grow the best plants for your borders

Perennials made easy – how to choose and grow the best plants for your borders

Tips and advice on choosing and growing perennials from Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, one of the UK’s foremost perennial plant nurseries. And see Hardy’s Festival Flower Garden, with its colourful perennial planting.

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0:00 Welcome (note: we are standing in a patch of nettles, because Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants is wildlife-friendly and uses spare patches of land – the nettles are ‘food for butterflies’.)
0:53 Allium ‘Mount Everest’ and Anchusa ‘Loddon Royal’
1:18 What is a perennial?
1:50 Why are perennials important?
2:20 How hardy are perennials and what do we mean by ‘hardy perennials’?
3:07 Can you cover the soil with mulch, compost or landscape fabric? Will the perennials be able to grow through it?
4:17 When and how should you divide perennials?
5:15 Which perennials bloom the longest?
5:54 Which perennials like shade?
6:24 The low growing pale green plant on the left is Uvularia perfoliatum, recommended as a good shade-loving plant
6:32 The low white flowers are Maiathemum, another good recommendation for shade
6:52 Which perennials grow best in pots?
7:53 Which perennials are deer-resistant, rabbit resistant or slug-resistant?
9:19 Salvia caradonna ‘Pink Inspiration’ (upright pink flower)
9:31 What are the best perennials for wildlife or pollinators?
9:33 Allium Mount Everest and Anchusa Loddon Royal
10:00 Viola ‘Avril Lawson’
10:35 Angelica archangelica
11.25 How do you protect perennials from slugs and snails?
12:12 How to partner plants when planning a border
12:34 The blue plants are Anchusa ‘Loddon Royal’
12:48 The big bronze leaves are Rodgersia podophylla.
12:52 The white flowers are Veronica ‘Tissington White’
13:53 Rodgersia podophylla with Hosta ‘Purple Heart’
16:47 Doronicum ‘Harpur Crewe’ (yellow daisy-like flower ) and Zizia aurea
17:00 Red leaves are Rheum palmatum Atropurpureum
17:09 Digitalis (Foxgloves) Suttons Apricot

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  1. Camelia Turda on October 2, 2021 at 7:51 am


  2. Tim Favreau on October 2, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carol Mcevoy on October 2, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Brilliant video, so inspiring and informative – Thank you

  4. alice heidecker on October 2, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Excellent! Lots of information. Very helpful.

  5. Kay on October 2, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Found this tour really interesting, thank you

  6. cecilia granados on October 2, 2021 at 8:01 am

    I found this very beautiful and helpful, thank you. Saludos de México 💚🤍❤️

  7. dunbar dunelm on October 2, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Wonderful 💖 💖 💖

  8. Heather D on October 2, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Fantastic speaker and teacher

  9. Hello Plant Lovers! on October 2, 2021 at 8:03 am

    Fantastic – thank you!

  10. K Linzey on October 2, 2021 at 8:05 am

    SO much great information! One of the best videos of the channel – Thank you!

  11. Tracy Patil on October 2, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Love your channel Alexandra, so much information and helpful hints. I have already learnt so much from you!! Love the guests you have also, real experts!! Thanks x

  12. Mira Brown on October 2, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Very informative! Thank you so much for including the US zones!

  13. El Rivare on October 2, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Cant find the pink caradonna in this US =

  14. wudangmtn on October 2, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Great information, and I appreciate your natural gardening practices.

  15. hanna samson on October 2, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Thank you for your compact garden-videos full of beauty, tips and tricks! HUGS from Holland, the Hague

  16. Jon on October 2, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for the video. Just a word of advice: in your case, it may be best to record in mono (not stereo). When listening to this one, for example, you are coming through my left ear while wearing headphones and your guest is coming through in my right ear only. This will be the same for anyone listening. If both devices record in mono, you will both come through both ears which is a much better listening experience.
    On the positive side, I finally understand what "hardy" means in this context!

  17. Rustic Rye on October 2, 2021 at 8:14 am

    A really excellent post. Thank you so much, Alexandra and Rosy! :))

  18. Karen Schwartz on October 2, 2021 at 8:16 am


  19. Carrline Whitfield on October 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Excellent info

  20. Anna Hemmings on October 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Fantastic video Alexandra thank you so much, your guest was really concise and clear and was incredibly informative !

  21. benlomond2004 on October 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

    As always, informative and outstanding job.

  22. Louwella Andres on October 2, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I just found your channel but DANG! I’m obsessed!!!!!!!! I’ve been binge watching all your videos! Thank you so much 💛💛💛

  23. Kerry Jean on October 2, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Excellent video x. Thanks Ladies x

  24. Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather on October 2, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Nice video! Much appreciated

  25. K Turula on October 2, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I really enjoyed this video and learned a lot. Thank you.

  26. Berna Scanlan on October 2, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Very interesting content. Thank you

  27. Victoria Lynch on October 2, 2021 at 8:23 am

    This was by far one of the most informative and comprehensive video I’ve seen about perennials! Thank you for sharing!

  28. debjani bhowmick on October 2, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Beautifully done. So inspiring

  29. Keith Fowler on October 2, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Would love to know about your labeling system!

  30. Caz Z on October 2, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Deer and rabbit land chiming in here: I use DEER OFF which I order from amazon. It sticks and it WORKS and it’s totally natural. I’ve been using it for years after I had all my tulips, lilies and roses devoured by our neighborhood deer. You can also make this concoction yourself: it’s basically putrefied eggs, garlic, cayenne pepper…. (and some other nasty flavors/smells) you can easily find this recipe online. I swear by this stuff.

  31. Flowerdiary on October 2, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Beautiful Garden❣
    That’s an amazing wonderland, so I probably would come here everyday. Alexandra! I learned a lot of things from you.
    Thanks a lot🌼

  32. Carol Henderson on October 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Fantastic video! Inspiring and so informative. Thanks.

  33. Best tunes on October 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Magnificent video. Rosy is so interesting to listen to and her enthusiasm and knowledge is inspirational. Great questions that meant I’ve learned so much from watching. Many thanks for all your excellent videos. They are addictive!

  34. AM Morales on October 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Enjoyed the lecture and presentation of plants!

  35. Rose Mary on October 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    This is a really useful video, I keep referring back to it, thank you Alexandra👌✨

  36. Janet Emerson on October 2, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Not a good year for plants regards weather.

  37. David Woollcott on October 2, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Really well explained!

  38. Hardys Cottage Garden Plants on October 2, 2021 at 8:41 am

    This video came out fantastic!
    Thank you for taking the time to visit, thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and talking about perennial plants 🙂

  39. Leslie Kendall on October 2, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I am the over-watering Queen and deserve a trophy. But I’m getting better.

  40. berniew1 on October 2, 2021 at 8:42 am

    As the lady below said…brilliant post, clear precise and packed with followable detail and inspiration from this expert gardner thanks Alexandra for interviewing her and allowing us all to benefit from her wisdom.

  41. almedina rogo on October 2, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I have a problem with my cats that like to play in my flower beds. They usually destroy most of my flowers but I don’t know how to keep them away.

  42. Berti Bear on October 2, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Thanks for your great advice.I am trying to mix veg and flowers.I think we will have shortages soon..

  43. Irai Rod on October 2, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Why are people scared of yellow? I garden in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA, and my goal is to have over 80% native plants…a significant number of ours are yellow! Rubeckias (orange coneflower and Black-eyed Susan), Solidago (goldenrod) Packera aurea (ragworth) Oenothera (sundrops), Baptisia tinctoria (yellow false indigo), witchazel, barren strawberry, Carolina jasmine, Zizia (golden alexander), Corepsis verticillata (tickseed)…if I avoided yellow, I’d have nothing in my garden!

  44. Kai Schoepe on October 2, 2021 at 8:46 am

    What a wonderful and helpful episode! Thank you!

  45. Candace McGuire on October 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Wow. What a great video. Beautiful images, and so informative. So often gardening videos don’t explain terms, so this was great. I wish I’d had access to this especially when I was starting out–defining terms like perennial, herbaceous, etc. is so helpful for the beginner. So many wonderful plants!!

  46. Mindy Diaz on October 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

    You my dear are a treasure!! You have the cutest accent and I just love hearing you talk. You are just adorable altogether everything lol

  47. Botanical Treasures on October 2, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Excellent! Her border is living quilt—color and texture—contrast and harmony. Delightful!

  48. Mary Susan Reid-Daniels on October 2, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Wonderful !

  49. Margie Perry on October 2, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Nicely explained….I never knew what herbaceous meant

  50. Giovanna Monteiro on October 2, 2021 at 8:49 am

    What a great video! Thank you. Rosy Hardy is so knowledgeable.

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