Perennials are plants that live for more than two years. The term is used to differentiate plants from shorter lived annuals (1 season) and biannuals (2 seasons). Perennials grow and bloom from spring into autumn. With the onset of winter, they die down but the roots remain alive in a dormant state. As the weather warms up again, they send forth new foliage and flowers. If conditions are ideal, this pattern can continue for many years. Their presence in your garden will save you time, labor, and expense of replanting every season. Another advantage to perennials is that you can share them with family and friends.
Through propagation from seeds, cuttings, and divisions, you will always have a plentiful supply of new plants. Our region, being the northern Chihuahuan Desert (USDA zone8) can see extremes in temperatures and conditions. Springtime brings us severe winds, summertime highs can exceed 100 degrees with very little rainfall, and with a winter storm from the north, we can again have high winds and temperatures dropping into the teens. Many of the perennials we grow are native to this region and can handle these extremes. Blackfoot daisy, Mexican primrose, and Chocolate flower are a few of our most popular. Along with desert natives, we grow more traditional varieties as well. Shasta daisies, Echinacea, and Black Eyed Susans are staples in many gardens in this area. Perennials as a group are the most versatile of all plants in your landscape, in a wide range of habit, color, and size.