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Perfect Perennials

Perfect Perennials
There are many perennials that flourish in Calgary's zone 3 climate. Perennials are when you choose the right ones and they are easy to grow and return each spring. One of the most common questions we get about perennials is what are varieties that are long blooming and grow well in Calgary's climate? You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many long flowering perennials that grow well in Calgary.

Delphinium ' Blue Elf '

This little beauty spreads to about 12 inches and grows to a height of about 12 inches. It has beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from late spring to late summer. We highly recommend you plant this perennial in mass plantings, works great as a border or in alpine garden settings. The Blue Elf is a great choice for container gardening as well. This perennial is tolerant to urban pollutions and should be planted in areas fully exposed to sunlight. Bring a delicate balance to your garden by adding the Blue Elf.

Dianthus Zing Rose

Just the name makes you curious, doesn't it? This tiny rose has a spread of 12- 18 inches and a height of 6 inches. You can expect its gorgeous bright rose flowers to bloom from mid-summer to late fall. Works great as a border plant, and looks excellent and right at home along a pathway or in a rock garden. This perennial prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade throughout the day. Well-drained soil is a must for the Zing rose.

Western Canada Violet

This lovely large violet has heart-shaped leaves. This violet spreads rapidly through sprouting roots. This is an excellent choice for mass planting or garden mat effect. Growing to a height of 1-2 feet makes this perennial easy to manage. The western Canada violet looks better when planted in bunches and does very well in Calgary's climate.


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