What are Perennials

What are Perennials

What are perennials?  They are the exact opposite of annuals.  They will come back year after year.  Many of these plants will go into a dormant stage during the winter months.  Most fruit and ornamental trees are perennials. However, fruit trees need at least 1,000 chilling hrs. in order for them to produce fruit.

Most will go dormant and will start to grow in spring either by root, bulb or seed form.

Many of these plants could be considered annuals.  It depends on the placement, winter conditions, year by year climate and how well they are cared for.

Below is a list of perennial plants that we carry throughout the spring, summer and fall season.  Photos will be added soon. Please bookmark this page for future reference.

What are perennials

In the Lower Elevations of the Southwest, these plants are considered perennials.  They will either come back in seed or plant form.  Some are bi-annuals this means they will come back after the 2-3 years but rarely after that.

Perennials for the Southwest

What are perennials
Agatache or Hyssop

Agastache – Lots of varieties


Perennials for the Southwest
Agapanthus Flower

Anemone – Japanese and Poppy Anemone

Aquilegia – Columbine.

Perennials for the Southwest

Artemisia or Powis Castle – Powis Castle Artemisia
Artemisia lactiflora – White Mugwort
Artemisia schmidtiana Nana – Silver Mound Artemisia
Pink Beauty Bolton’s Aster
Snowbank Bolton’s Aster
Persian Cornflower
Centaurea montana – Perennial Bachelor’s Button
Centranthus ruber – Jupiter’s Beard
Chelone obliqua – Rose Turtlehead
Clematis – Vine


Coreopsis lanceolata – Also calledTickseed
Coreopsis lanceolata – Tequila Sunrise Tickseed
Coreopsis rosea – Rose Coreopsis

Corydalis flexuosa Blue Panda – Blue Panda Corydalis
Delphinium elatum – Also called Larkspur

Perennials for the Southwest
Dianthus Plants – Photo Courtesy Monrovia.com

Dianthus – Numerous varieties

Bleeding Hearts Plant





Bleeding Hearts

Strawberry Foxglove Digitalis
Yellow Foxglove Digitalis grandiflora

Perennials for the Southwest
Echinacea paradoxa – Coneflower

Echinacea paradoxa – Coneflower.  There come in pink, yellow, reds and more inbetween.

Eichhornia crassipes – Water Hyacinth
Eupatorium purpureum – Joe-Pye Weed
Gaillardia aristata – Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata Burgundy – Burgundy Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata Yellow Queen – Yellow Queen Blanket Flower

Geraniums – Bring indoors where temps go below 32° or protect them from freezing temps.
Goniolimon tataricum – German Statice
Gypsophila repens Rosea – Pink Creeping Baby’s Breath
Helianthus Capenoch Star – Capenoch Star Perennial Sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides – False Sunflower
Helleborus orientalis – Lenten Rose
Hostas – Outdoor
Daylily – Numerous of colors and species
Hemerocallis – Hybrid Daylily
Hesperis matronalis – Dame’s Rocket
Coral Bells Heuchera –
Coral Bells Heuchera sanguinea
Hibiscus – Rose Mallow

Perennials for the Southwest
The Hosta Plant

Hostas – Hosta
Hosta – Hybrid Hosta
Hosta ‘Ginko Craig’ – Ginko Craig Hosta

Candytuft evergreen – Iberis sempervirens
Iceplant -Yellow, red, purple varieties
Iris – Bulb
Red-Hot Poker Kniphofia
Lavandula angustifolia – English Lavender
Little Miss Muffet Shasta Daisy
Silver Princess Shasta Daisy
Shasta Daisy
Lantanas – Gold variety are cold hardy
Lobelia siphilitica – Great Blue Lobelia
Lotus corniculatus – Bird’s-foot Trefoil
Lychnis coronaria – Rose Campion
Lysimachia punctata – Yellow Loosestrife
Lythrum virgatum – Purple Loosestrife
Macleaya cordata – Plume Poppy
Monarda didyma – Beebalm
Roses, climbing roses
Scarlet Beebalm
Nuphar lutea – Yellow Water Lily
Nymphaea – Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea odorata – Fragrant Water Lily

What are perennials
Mexican Primrose – Or evening Primrose
Oenothera speciosa Mexican Evening Primrose

prickly pear cactus
Opuntia brasiliensis – Brazilian Pricklypear
Opuntia compressa – Prickly Pear Cactus

Orontium aquaticum – Golden Club
Paeonia lactiflora – Peony
Paeonia suffruticosa – Tree Peony
Papaver orientale – Oriental Poppy
Papaver rhoeas – Corn Poppy
Penstemon – Beardtongue
Penstemon – barbatus
Penstemon – digitalis
Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia
Phlox Bright Eyes
Phlox carolina

What are Perennials
Chinese Lantern

What are perennials
Blue Balloon Flower

Bethlehem Sage Pulmonaria saccharata
Mexican Hat – Ratibida columnifera
Rheum rhabarbarum – Rhubarb
Orange Coneflower – Rudbeckia fulgida
Black-eyed Susan – Rudebeckia

What are Perennials
Black-eyed Susan – Rudebeckia


What are perennials

Salvia’s for the Southwest

Pincushion Flower – Scabiosa columbaria
Santolina chamaecyparissus – Lavender Cotton
Sedum Autumn Joy Stonecrop
Sedum Orange Stonecrop
Sedum reflexum – Stone Orpine
Sedum sexangulare – Tasteless Stonecrop
Sedum sieboldii – October Daphne
Sedum spectabile – Showy Stonecrop
Perennials for Southwest
Hens-and-Chicks Sempervivum
Curly Tansy
Thymus or Thyme
Lemon Thyme
Verbena canadensis ‘Homestead Purple’
Blue Speedwell
Yucca filamentosa – Adam’s-needle
Yucca flaccida – Golden Sword Yucca

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