Hardy Herbaceous Perennials for UK Gardens

Herbaceous is a term applied to plants that produce soft, non-woody, growth.

Herbaceous Perennials (HPs) are normally deciduous, dying back to ground level in late autumn and regrowing again in the spring from basal shoots. Most HPs are frost hardy plants that will live for more than two years in the garden; flowering each year in their given season.

If regular care and attention is given to Herbaceous Perennials they can survive in the garden for many many years. To ensure longevity and good health, they will need to be rejuvenated every few years by division or by taking cuttings.

Herbaceous perennials are ideal for provide plenty of colour, varying texture, height and good variety in the mixed border. Some of the best loved examples are tall stately delphiniums, spicy red hot pokers and pastel coloured penstemon and phlox. You can choose herbaceous plants for virtually any location and situation, from hot summer borders to deep shade, damp or even dry conditions.


The following selection of hardy perennials are just a few of those that are suitable for domestic gardens in Great Britain (England/Scotland/Ireland).

Achillea

Achillea
Yarrow

Agapanthus

Agapanthus
African Lily

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria
Peruvian Lily

white anemone flowers

Anemone
Japanese anemone

blue anchusa flowers

Anchusa
Blue Bugloss

aster flowers purple

Aster
Michaelmas daisy

Astilbe flower

Astilbe
False Spiraea

bergenia baby doll in flower

Bergenia
Elephant's ears

astrantia flowers

Astrantia
Masterwort

Campanula Bell Flowers

Campanula
Bell Flower

doronicum yellow flowers

Doronicum
Leopard's Bane

Geum

Geum
Avens

iris flowers

Iris unguicularis
Winter Flowering Iris

hellebore

Hellebore
Lenton rose

red hot poker

Kniphofia
Red hot poker

Polygonatum

Polygonatum
Solomon's seal

Polygonatum

Polygonium
Knotweed

Scabiosa

Scabiosa
Scabious

Verbascum

Verbascum
Mullein