In praise of easy care perennials

potager mid summerI’m on the tail end of the Potager make over – making us handsome for open days and workshops. Mainly made up of easy care perennials like culinary and medicinal herbs, picking flowers and citrus; the potager is a wildly abundant garden once it gets going, and because I’ve chosen every day, easy care plants it’s beauty is not hard won.

The perennials I favour are solid and dependable, the type of plant you’d gladly call ‘mate’. A bit of inattention wont be met with a hue and cry, and they’ll provide flowers and food, fragrance or medicine for months on end before quietly slipping off into their seasonal sleep.

Make your garden a garden for all seasons by coinciding the demise of one plant with the flourishing of another. Use bog standard, long flowering beauties to keep the beat going. My favourites are yarrow, shasta daisy, scabiosa, echinacea, lavendar, sage, verbena, hellebore, catmint, geum, rudbeckia, coreopsis, veronica, gaillardia and cranesbill geraniums.  For the small effort of an annual hair cut and some seasonal deadheading they’ll give loads of nectar for the beneficials, and loads of flowers for you.

Who needs prima donnas? (by these I mean alot of care for a short show). Perhaps you consider it worth while, well it’s your garden after all! For me my money is on the ordinary, the unsung heroes. On their own perhaps a little dull, but together – what a show!