Creekside Home and Garden supplies a great selection of Edmonton hardy flowers, grasses and ground cover. We have a wide selection of ground crawlers, eye-catchers, sun-loving, shade-loving, or deer resistant plants to help make and keep your garden looking gorgeous. 

A perennial is a plant that lives outside for more than one growing season.  It’s foliage dies every fall, but the roots or bulb go dormant for the winter and the plant regrows the following spring.

Understanding climate zones is important for perennial gardening. Many plants that are a perennial in Vancouver may not be a perennial in Edmonton. Edmonton is considered Zone 3b, so plants listed at Zones 1 – 3b are consider hardy for our winters.

  • Zone 1 & 2 are considered very hardy.
  • Zone 3a & 3b are good.
  • Zone 4a are less likely to do well here, but they can still flourish in the right spot.
  • Zone 4b and 5 are not likely to do well here, but it is possible with the right attention.

Our all time favourite resource for Edmonton friendly perennials is local author Lois Hole. We highly recommend her books for experienced and beginner gardeners alike.

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING

  • BLOOM TIMES: When planning your perennial garden, take into consideration bloom times. There is a wide blooming range with some starting in May and others starting in late July. Perennials also vary on blooming duration, some last only weeks while others will last months.
  • SUN OR SHADE: Some perennials need full sun to thrive or bloom well, while others find direct sunlight to be too crispy, and so require shadier conditions.
  • WET OR DRY: Some plants prefer arid soil and will rot in damp conditions, while others thrive in moist ground.
  • TALL OR SHORT: It is important to consider the maximum growing height of the plant. Tall plants can easily obscure a view or block sunlight if in front of a window, or completely cover and out-compete a smaller plant. Knowing the size of a plant can help you plan a gorgeous layout for any flower bed.

GRASSES

Perennial grasses like Blue Oat Grass are hardy displays of colour with low maintenance. Karl Foerster is a popular tall, clumping boulevard grass used to add a tall feature or even increase privacy, standing an impressive 5ft tall. Tall ornamental grasses can provide a lovely golden colour in the winter months.

GROUND COVER

Some perennials only grow a few inches tall, but can spread out and create luscious carpets of colour next to sidewalks or flowing over rock beds. Ground crawling perennials cover space and help reduce weeds.

FOLIAGE

Not all plants have showy flowers, but they make up for it with gorgeous, colourful leaves. Hostas, Heuchera and Goutweed are common and beautiful examples of showy foliage.

PERENNIAL VEGETABLES

Did you know that certain vegetables such as Asparagus and Rhubarb can survive through our winters? Both of these are considered perennials and can thrive in the Edmonton area. Garlic bulbs can be planted in the fall for a longer growing season and earlier harvest.

DEER RESISTANT

Deer can be persistent pests, and although they seem to eat anything and everything, you can choose some plants that they are less likely to eat.
Perennials less loved by deer:
Achillea (Yarrow), Aconitum (Monkshood), Artemisia, Aster, Cerastium (Snow in summer), Dicentra (Bleeding heart), Digitalis (Foxglove), Epimedium (Bishops hat), Euphorbia (Spurge), Filipendula (Meadowsweet), Gaillardia (Blanketflower),  Hemerocallis (Daylily), Monarda (Beebalm), Nepeta (Catmint), Penstemon (Beardtongue), Lamium, Leucanthemum (Shasta daisy), Lupin, and Rudbeckia.
Source: Lois Holes ‘Perennial Favorites’