We all know that the British weather can be quite unforgiving at times and this can be a real worry when it comes to gardening. It can be difficult to know what plants are going to survive the winter, especially if you live in the colder parts of the country. The last thing you want is all your garden dying when the cold weather arrives. Thankfully, there are actually plenty of plants that are extremely hardy and reliable that you can depend on.
Keep reading for our Top 10 extremely hardy perennials, perfect no matter where you live in the UK and all rated as hardiness H7 by the RHS.
Barnhaven have been breeding Primulas since the 1930’s and have since become a world-renowned Primula specialist. The fully double, rose-like blooms will add a warm loving glow to the very coldest, darkest days of winter and will continue to flower until the end of spring. Loved for their exceptional performance, they will last in your garden for years and years to come.
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The extravagant blooms of this coveted low maintenance will have your winter and spring borders and containers sparkling with elegance. Not only are the blooms charming, the evergreen glossy green foliage will ensure there is always something to look at in your garden.
In the language of flowers, Lily of the Valley symbolizes the return of happiness and these flowers will certainly make you happy when you see the highly scented white bells bloom in spring. Quickly forming clumps, this plant will fill your garden with fragrance and they’re great for cutting, so you can enjoy their scent inside too.
New to us this year, this Echinops sure knows how to make an impact. Globes of flowers bob over thistle-like foliage from July through to September, inviting our nectar loving friends into your garden. Ideal for creating a Mediterranean feel to your garden and great for both cut and dried flower arrangements.
This Cornus is really a plant for all seasons, as it will always give you something to look at in your garden. Clusters of tiny blooms appear in late spring which are then followed by bright red berries in the summer to the delight of local birds, but the real showstopper is the fiery bark that appears in the autumn and winter.
Hardy Geraniums are without a doubt one of the very easiest plants to grow and they give you so much back. Amazingly floriferous, make excellent groundcover, attractive to pollinators, slug and rabbit resistant, fully hardy, unfussy on soil conditions and not to mention beautiful. Is there anything not to love?
A perfect choice if you’re searching for something to fill those pesky shady areas of your garden. Large, luscious heart-shaped leaves create a spectacular, weed-suppressing display in your containers and borders. To add to the dramatic display, in summer, tall flower stems appear, holding lily-like blooms above the foliage.
Don’t let the delicate appearance of these Aquilegia fool you, as they really are tough little chaps. Very easy to grow, rabbit and slug resistant and unfussy on soil conditions, they are both beautiful and indestructible.
Add some exotic flair to your garden with the yellow and white blooms of this Iris. Ruffled blousy blooms appear in spring and early summer over clumps or architectural foliage. Happily grown on the edge of a pond and excellent for naturalising, this beauty won’t disappoint.
Posies of tiny, vibrant ruby coloured flowers make sprays of intriguing star-like blooms from May right through to the end of September, so you’ll have months of colourful flowers both in your garden and in your home, as the blooms are wonderful both in cut and dried flower arrangements too.
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