Annuals and Perennials

We carry everything you need to fill your pots, highlight focal point spaces, provide plants that support local pollinators, and provide blooming color that spans the seasons.  Our expert staff is ready to answer your questions and help you pick the perfect plant for your needs.


ANNUAL INSPIRATION

Annual plants are those that you enjoy for one growing season. But don’t stray from their short lived show. There are a lot of fun colors and textures offered in the annual world which make planting with them fun, especially for container gardening.

Listed below are ways you can arrange annuals in your containers to create a stunning well-rounded look:

THRILLERS

These are plants that add a vertical element to create drama and viewed from all sides. Use either flowering or foliage plants, or ornamental grasses.

  • Dracaena spikes
  • Grasses
  • Evergreen shrubs
  • Canna Lilies
  • Bananas
  • Flax

FILLERS

Choose plants with a rounded or mounded form to create a full container look. Plant these in front of or around the ‘thriller’ plant.

  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds
  • Begonias
  • Impatiens
  • Zinnias

SPILLERS

Place these close to edge of the container so they gracefully spill down and hang over the edge of the planter.

  • Bacopa
  • Lobelia
  • Calibrochoa
  • Wave petunias
  • Verbena
  • Sweet potato vine
Annuals for Shade

Don’t have a sunny porch? Here are some shade plant options offering colorful blooms and bright foliage:

  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Creeping Charlie
  • Coleus
Annuals for Sun

Here are some excellent blooming selections for bright and sunny areas:

  • Geraniums
  • Petunias
  • Dahlias
  • Calibrochoa
  • Lantana

PERENNIALS

Perennial plants are those you can plant once and they’ll grace your garden in their season of interest, year after year. Herbaceous perennials are those that will appear to die back to the ground, often times in the fall, and leave just a short stub of growth barely emerging above the soil line. When spring hits in the next year, new leaves and flower buds begin to grow again. There is great diversity in perennials and we’re here to help you navigate all the options.

ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS
  • Salvia
  • Agastache
  • Cape Fuchsia
  • Penstemon
  • Lupine
  • Fuchsia
  • Crocosmia
  • Aquilegia ‘Columbine’
  • Lobelia
  • Monarda
ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES
  • Asclepias
  • Asters
  • Monarda
  • Eupatorium
  • Coreopsis
ATTRACT HONEY BEES
  • Borage
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Papaver
  • Euphorbia
  • Echinacea

DEER RESISTANT

Please note that deer are browsers and as such they are always taste testing.

  • Echinacea
  • Rudbeckia
  • Erysimum
  • Monarda
  • Penstemon
  • Crocosmia
  • Digitalis
  • Gaillardia
  • Euphorbia
  • Brunnera
  • Bergenia
  • Dicentra
  • Veronica

COASTAL FAVORITES

  • Aster
  • Agapanthus
  • Lithodora
  • Lupine
  • Acanthus
  • Hemerocallis
  • Achillea
  • Euphorbia
  • Sedum
  • Ceanothus
  • Phormium
  • Bellia

DROUGHT TOLERANT

  • Achillea
  • Sedum
  • Phormium
  • Rudbeckia
  • Echinacea
  • Salvia
  • Hemerocallis
  • Euphorbia
  • Agave
  • Kniphofia
  • Hellebore
  • Perovskia ‘Russian Sage’

SPRING BLOOMERS

  • Dicentra
  • Iberis
  • Anemone
  • Ranunculus
  • Columbine
  • Bellis
  • Saxifraga
  • Lupine
  • Lithodora
  • Veronica
  • Pulmonaria
  • Corydalis
  • Bergenia
  • Myosotis
  • Iris
  • Trillium
  • Baptisia
  • Brunnera
  • Hellebore
  • Centranthus
  • Creeping phlox

SUMMER BLOOMERS

  • Echinacea
  • Leucanthemum
  • Coreopsis
  • Delphinium
  • Achillea
  • Hardy Geranium
  • Tall phlox
  • Salvia
  • Penstemon
  • Monarda
  • Rudbeckia
  • Agapanthus
  • Papaver

LATE SUMMER TO FALL INTEREST

  • Ceratostigma
  • Tall sedum
  • Blue fescue
  • Orange sedge
  • Coreopsis
  • Delphinium
  • Echinacea
  • Imperata
  • Salvia
  • Pennisetum
  • Perovskia
  • Rudbeckia

FALL COLOR

  • Coreopsis
  • Echinacea
  • Salvia
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Asters
  • Heuchera
  • Achillea
  • Ceratostigma
  • Rudbeckia
  • Phormium

WINTER INTEREST

  • Hellebores
  • Bergenia
  • Evergreen ferns
  • Thyme
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Cotoneaster
  • Arctostaphylos
  • Ceanothus
  • Heuchera
  • Euphorbia
  • Lithodora
  • Sedums
  • Sempervivum

WET FEET

  • Lysimachia
  • Acorus
  • Myosotis
  • Canna Lilies
  • Ligularia
  • Lobelia
  • Tradescantia
  • Iris
  • Marsh marigold

TROPICALS

  • Canna lilies
  • Hibiscus
  • Pentas
  • Bougainvillea
  • Mandevilla
  • Bananas
  • Colocasia
  • Alocasia
  • Datura

SEASONAL

  • Bleeding Heart
  • Ranunculus
  • Cyclamen
  • Iberis
  • Primroses
  • Bellis
  • Creeping phlox
  • Saxifraga
  • Lithodora
  • Anemone
  • Erysimum

We have great handouts to help guide your decisions even more, go to SHONNARD’S GARDENING HANDOUTS.

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