better outdoor living at home spring

‘Empress’ Clematis ~ A Perennial a Week

I have a clematis planted near my white post mailbox which it uses for support as it grows in the spring . It is so pretty when it is in bloom that I wish it would bloom all spring and all summer long. Throughout the summer it may get a few more blooms here and […]

12 Sensational Daffodils

Tis the season to be planting bulbs for next spring. Last week we posted 12 spectacular tulips that you can check out here, if you missed them – they really are spectacular! For this week’s featured perennial, we discovered 12 gorgeous daffodils that are just as beautiful! We were surprised to discover so many unique […]

12 Spectacular Tulips ~ A Perennial a Week

Is there anything as lovely as a vase filled with tulips? If you have ever flipped through the pages of a bulb catalog, you know how easy it is to get lost in the beauty of the endless varieties and colors of tulips. One is prettier than the next!   Taking the time and care […]

Lilyturf – Variegated Liriope ~ A Perennial a Week

It’s the month of September, and this attractive grass-like perennial is fully in its showy flowering stage. This variegated liriope, called Lilyturf, has flower spikes that look a bit like those of the grape hyacinth. The flower spikes, tucked in among the leaves, are a lavender shade, contrasting beautifully against its green and cream leaves. […]

‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill – Hardy Geranium ~ A Perennial a Week

This week’s perennial is a low growing hardy geranium. It’s nice to find smaller perennials, like the ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill, because they are perfect for borders, containers, woodland and rock gardens, and for the front plant in a layering design. The ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill has been a staple in English garden designs.   The botanical name of […]

Sweet Autumn Clematis – Late Summer Flowering Perennial ~ A Perennial a Week

It’s nice to know that there is one clematis that comes into full bloom in late summer. Spring or early summer are when you see most clematis in flower, so to have one blooming now is pretty sweet!     Which brings us to this week’s perennial which is the Sweet Autumn Clematis. Its name […]

‘Wild Thing’ Salvia ~ A Perennial a Week

When you can find a long blooming full sun perennial that blooms from early summer to October, you just might want to find a spot for it in the garden. The ‘Wild Thing’ Salvia brings a pinkish-red and a hot pink (all on the same bloom) flower, and aromatic foliage to those sunny spots in […]

‘Monch’ Frikart’s Aster ~ A Perennial a Week

How could you not love the beauty of perennials with lavender-blue flowers with a cheery yellow center? The color pairing in the ‘Monch’ Frikart’s Aster flower gives it a very regal-looking appearance.   We discovered this pretty perennial in a favorite garden magazine. Don’t you just love when you find new discoveries that add beauty […]

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