For most Southern California gardens, perennials are the sign of joy. The plants are able to bloom for every year. Besides, growing perennials are great to add colors to your garden in spring, summer, fall, and winter. For this reason, we can say that Southern California gardeners have big luck. Other mild climate gardens bloom per month from perennials.
Perennials are plants that can live for years with its soft stems. Even some can live longer, others have a shorter life. The joy about planting perennials is the bloom next year and the year after. The perennial pallet is extensive and wide with the most reliable choice and they can deal with drought.
If you have no idea about perennials, you can grow them easily and care for them. The key point is to water them deeply and then keep them moist. It is better to avoid watering the plants until wet. Do this through the first season. After that, you can cut back the water to the deep soak. Perennials are best to plant in there or five masses and then repeat growing it throughout the garden.
Scabiosa Butterfly Blue
Scabiosa Columbaria comes in some shades like pink, rose, lavender, and deep burgundy. They are the mounding perennials to grow a foot tall by a foot and a half wide. It also has lacy and deep-green leaves. The flower stalks come up from the middle with the rounded cluster of tiny flowers in each top. It looks beautiful to bloom during spring through fall if it not blooming longer. In addition, Scabiosa can deal with dry conditions and some shade. It also blooms better especially if you plant in the full sun with some irrigation.
Otto Quast Spanish lavender
Spanish lavender has another name known as Lavandula stoechas. It is one of the most reliable lavenders in your garden. It is different from English or French lavenders since the perennials do not get over woody and do not split apart in the middle. If you grow Spanish lavender, it can show its best in the full sun with no fertilizer and little water. It is also aromatic but not too strong as the English or French lavenders. Therefore, if you have a plan to grow lavender for fragrance, it is better to choose French or English lavenders. Nevertheless, if you want to grow lavender to enjoy the gorgeous flowers in year round with the silver-green foliage, Spanish lavender is the best choice. It is easy to recognize Spanish lavender with the “bunny ears” that complete its blooms.
Anouk’ Spanish lavender
‘Anouk’ grows with foliage in soft green and deeper purple flowers. The height can reach a foot and the width is 18 inches. Otto Quast offers purple flowers with the bright lavender ‘bunny ears’. If you want to grow these plants, it can grow from one to two feet tall and two to three feet wide.
Madrid Pink’ Spanish lavender
We can call it the rose pink. Madrid Pink flowers have beautiful leaves with the silvery-green look. They can grow for about one to two tall and two to three feet wide.
‘Madrid Pink’ flowers are rose pink, with silvery-green leaves. Plants grow 1–2 feet tall and 2–3 feet wide.
Rock Purslane is also known as Calandrinia spectabilis. It is actually a succulent perennial with its wide leaves in ice-green to make broad mounds for several feet across. Adding rock purslane creates magenta-pink flowers that are so intense and the prolific wands that can wave in the breeze. Of course, it is a great and impressive plant for the long bloom from spring to fall. Even though these Chilean natives are succulent, they can deal with little more water compared to the other succulents. If you want to create the best effect, it is better to plant rock purslane in the clusters of three or five in the full sun.
Arctotis spp is also popular as South African daisy. It is the large group of perennials that form like a mat. It is the South African perennials that can grow well in your garden with 6-inch of height that is quite low and a few feet across with silver and frilly leaves. The blooming period for these flowers is in spring and fall. In addition, it will take a rest in the heat of the summer. When planting South African daisy, you should provide the plants full sun and little water once you established them in your garden. If the stems become gangly and long, so you have to cut them back to just a few and 6-inch long. Besides, South African daisy can regrow quite fast with various options for its flower colors like pink, red, yellow, and orange.
Anigozanthos flavidus or Australian perennial kangaroo paws are one of the most favorites for Southern California gardeners. They have a short life for three to five years. On the other hands, the plant is great to grow and you only have to replace them when it is spent. If you want to plant it, you should choose the colors like yellow, orange, red, green, pink, and black. Besides, you must choose based on the height. For example, if you choose a hybrid, it can grow about six inches to three feet tall with the flower that stalks even taller. In addition, growing kangaroo paws are perfect in well-drained soils with the little water once you have established the area.
The next thing to do is to give them some space. This is good to make sure that you can support good air circulation to the plant. Besides, you need to cut the flower stalks at the base when it comes to arranging the plants. Wait until each stalk is blooming and then cut it. Commonly, plants make the new flower stalks for several months of the bloom season. Therefore, it can keep blooming from spring through fall.
So, do you live in southern California? Why do not grow some perennials above to your garden? What is your most favorite option?