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.

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants:
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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. Heather D on August 7, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Fantastic speaker and teacher

  2. Irai Rod on August 7, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    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!

  3. Hardys Cottage Garden Plants on August 7, 2021 at 9:06 pm

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

  4. Tracy Patil on August 7, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    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

  5. berniew1 on August 7, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    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.

  6. Caz Z on August 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    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.

  7. Anna Hemmings on August 7, 2021 at 9:11 pm

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

  8. Candace McGuire on August 7, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    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!!

  9. debjani bhowmick on August 7, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Beautifully done. So inspiring

  10. Giovanna Monteiro on August 7, 2021 at 9:16 pm

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

  11. El Rivare on August 7, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Cant find the pink caradonna in this US =

  12. Carmen Modde on August 7, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for this very informative post and what lovely plant combinations,
    I would like to add a tip for deterring deer to eat your precious roses beetroot- or strawberry leaves. Mix bloodmeal with water to get a porridge-like substance. Soak some small rags or old socks in this and hang them on or even just near the plants you want to protect. It really works for a good amount of time even when it rains, I guess just putting bloodmeal on the soil to feed your roses might work as well but I haven’t tried that yet.

  13. Hello Plant Lovers! on August 7, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Fantastic – thank you!

  14. benlomond2004 on August 7, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    As always, informative and outstanding job.

  15. Carol Henderson on August 7, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Fantastic video! Inspiring and so informative. Thanks.

  16. Botanical Treasures on August 7, 2021 at 9:22 pm

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

  17. K Turula on August 7, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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

  18. Rustic Rye on August 7, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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

  19. Kerry Jean on August 7, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Excellent video x. Thanks Ladies x

  20. Best tunes on August 7, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    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!

  21. wudangmtn on August 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Great information, and I appreciate your natural gardening practices.

  22. Keith Fowler on August 7, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Would love to know about your labeling system!

  23. AM Morales on August 7, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Enjoyed the lecture and presentation of plants!

  24. Kai Schoepe on August 7, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    What a wonderful and helpful episode! Thank you!

  25. hanna samson on August 7, 2021 at 9:40 pm

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

  26. Dee21 on August 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Thank You! What a treat to hear all that knowledge, and see the beautiful examples!

  27. Carol Mcevoy on August 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Brilliant video, so inspiring and informative – Thank you

  28. Berna Scanlan on August 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Very interesting content. Thank you

  29. Rudy Warman & The Heavy Weather on August 7, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Nice video! Much appreciated

  30. David Woollcott on August 7, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Really well explained!

  31. K Linzey on August 7, 2021 at 9:47 pm

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

  32. Berti Bear on August 7, 2021 at 9:49 pm

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

  33. Mira Brown on August 7, 2021 at 9:51 pm

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

  34. regulschuf on August 7, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    So informative! Thank you!!

  35. Leslie Kendall on August 7, 2021 at 9:55 pm

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

  36. Tim Favreau on August 7, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  37. Carrline Whitfield on August 7, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Excellent info

  38. Mary Susan Reid-Daniels on August 7, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Wonderful !

  39. marilyn Coburn on August 7, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Fabulous explanations, what variety! Would love to come to England for a garden tour. Thank you very much.

  40. alice heidecker on August 7, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Excellent! Lots of information. Very helpful.

  41. Margie Perry on August 7, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Nicely explained….I never knew what herbaceous meant

  42. Jon on August 7, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    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!

  43. Kay on August 7, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Found this tour really interesting, thank you

  44. Mindy Diaz on August 7, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    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

  45. Janet Emerson on August 7, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Not a good year for plants regards weather.