Three Perennials That Will Make Your Annuals Worry

By Abby Elliott, Owner, Sugar Creek Gardens

Put planting annuals every year behind you. Years of research and testing by plant scientists and hybridizers have created perennial jewels that display excellent hybrid vigor, exceptionally long-blooming periods, and spellbinding exotic blooms. And the best part–they return every year. These beauties will replace your annuals with season-long vibrant color for fantastic gardens, mass plantings, containers and cut flowers.

  1. Become your own florist with Inca Jolie Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria. You can count on an endless supply of cut flowers for years. Gardeners, a selection of cut flower you have been buying for years has proven to be a hardy perennial in our zone. The superior creation Inca Jolie Peruvian Lily boasts vibrant orange-red blossoms intricately marked with splashes of gold and dark streaks in their centers. It enlivens gardens, containers and vases for months, all summer into fall. An extremely vigorous and robust variety, it forms thick mounds of lush flowers. It long-lasting blossoms shine for two weeks in the bouquets.
  2. Our favorite Coreopsis — Daybreak — its stunning bright blossoms just keep coming and coming… What is it !?!!? One of our most asked about plants due to its brilliant colors, Daybreak produces a shower of cheerful bi-color blossoms with a prominent orange-red center and fringed, gold petal tips from early summer through early fall. Being sterile, flowers keep on coming all season long without the need for deadheading. It forms a compact mound of highly disease-resistant, dark-green foliage. A fantastic plant that can take the place of annuals in gardens and containers.
  3. Darling Daisy. Adorable, perfectly formed white daisies adorn Darling Daisy for months on end. You can expect this cutie pie to be in bloom from spring all the way up to a hard frost. Only growing 6-8” tall, it’s ideal for front of the border, low-growing mass planting, and containers. Reliably returns year after year.

For more information contact Sugar Creek Gardens at 314-965-3070 or visit online at www.sugarcreekgardens.com. Or stop by 1011 N. Woodlawn, Kirkwood MO 63122.