perennial planterThe patio planter has always been the domain of annuals but many perennials make excellent container plants. Dress up a shady corner with a pot containing Vinca ‘Illumination’, Pachysandra ‘Green Sheen’, Hosta ‘Halcyon’ and Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina).

For a more exotic look combine Carex ‘Island Brocade’, Persicarta ‘Red Dragon’ and Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’). Long planters are perfect for an alpine trough garden. Cover the bottom with gravel for drainage, fill with soil and plant with dwarf Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium alpinum), Edelweiss (Leontopodium), Sedumspath. ‘Purpureum’ and Campanula ‘Dickson’s Gold’, or choose your own combination.

Finish the planter with a thin layer of pea-gravel. Come in and select your own plants and containers and pot them at our potting bench. Zone five or hardier perennials will survive in planters with minimal winter care. Make sure they are moist going into the winter and don’t be embarrassed to water in January if needed.