Did you know that if you invest in landscaping, you can get anywhere between 5% to even 1,000% for your return on investment (ROI)? Needless to say, it’s a worthy investment to make!
In addition to landscaping, you can also do hardscaping, which is involving some non-living elements into your landscaping, such as patio walls and stone paths.
If you’re doing hardscape landscaping and want it to be low-maintenance, then you’ll want to get some perennials.
Interested in hearing more? Then read on. We’ll tell you what perennials are and which ones are best for your hardscape.
What Are Perennials?
First of all, let’s discuss what perennials are.
Perennial plants are those that keep growing for many seasons. While the main parts of them will die off during the winter, you can expect the plants to regrow once spring hits.
This means that when it comes to annual vs perennial flowers, annual ones will die after one season while perennials will grow back for several years. As you can see, this gives you more bang for your buck!
So now that you know what perennials are, what are some good ones for your hardscape? Here are some of the best landscaping plants you can get.
Are you a fan of the color blue? Then you’ll certainly enjoy the blue daze.
This plant grows amazingly blue flowers with ruffled petals, and in the middle, you’ll get a white center eye. The flowers grow to an inch large, so they’re dainty yet still very visible.
If you need something easy to take care of, then you’ll love the blue daze. This flower loves both the heat and humidity, so you won’t have to worry about your plants shriveling in the Floridian heat. In fact, it’s fine to plant the blue daze in full sun.
The blue daze blooms from summer into fall, so if you entertain friends a lot during those seasons, they’re sure to see your beautiful blooms in your yard.
If you want little bits of cheeriness in your yard, then you can’t go wrong with buttercups. These tiny yet bright flowers can really perk up your outdoor space and create a nice contrast with even dark features in your hardscape. And while hardscaping features are more industrial in nature, buttercups can soften that look up and provide a little bit of wilderness.
If you let these flowers grow among your grass, it can add bits of yellow all along your yard. You can have a tiny buttercup field right in your own backyard!
To take care of buttercups, make sure you regularly apply fertilizer and also mulch around your buttercup plants. Once the flowers are spent, deadhead them so you can encourage your plants to grow more beautiful yellow flowers.
These flowers are purple in color and even tinier than buttercups. What’s great is the Mexican heather grows as a shrub, so if you want something more controlled, this is perfect for your yard.
In fact, this plant is excellent as a border plant, as it grows to about 2 feet in height. It’ll flower both in the summer and fall, and when these shrubs stop blooming, you’ll still have some nice green foliage throughout the year.
The Mexican heather is really easy to take care of as well. All you’ll need to do is water your shrubs deeply once a week, then water again once the soil dries out. And you only need to lightly prune them if they become overgrown in the spring.
For those after an exotic look, we’d suggest planting the Persian shield. It gives your yard a tropical touch, as these plants have leaves that are dark green and purple.
The Persian shield is perfect for people who are low-maintenance, as you don’t have to do much for it to thrive. It’s very hardy and can grow in either full sun or shade.
Do note that if you grow it in full sun, you’ll have to water it a bit more to prevent the soil from drying out. You might want to put down some mulch so that the soil doesn’t dry out as easily.
If you’re someone who has the mindset of “go big or go home,” then you’ll definitely want some bougainvillea in your yard! This is a plant that’s an absolute powerhouse when it comes to blooms.
Bougainvillea grows tons of pink and purple flowers, depending on the variety that you get. It’s very versatile, as you can grow it as a hedge, ground cover, tree, or even an almost vine-like growth. So if you have a gazebo in your yard, you can easily spruce it up by growing bougainvillea over the top of it.
Not only does this plant grow a stunning amount of flowers, but it does so almost all year long. Talk about getting bang for your buck!
Bougainvillea thrives in sunlight and humidity; make sure your plants get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for maximum blooms and vibrant colors in your flowers.
Make Hardscape Landscaping Easy With Perennials
Now you have a fantastic starting point when it comes to perennials and hardscape landscaping. The types of plants you buy will depend on your personal preference and the hardscape you have.
Of course, you should feel free to experiment with different plants to see which ones accentuate your property the best. But if you’re ever stumped, don’t be afraid to ask a professional for some help.
For example, we at Plant Source have over 24 years of experience with lawn care maintenance and landscaping. We’d be more than happy to help you beautify your property!
Would you like additional help with landscaping? Then get a quote from us today. We can help with design, installation, and maintenance for all sorts of properties here in Sarasota, FL.