Our picks for the very best bulbs, greens, trees, and more to set out now for a vibrant garden come spring
Semipermanent plants, some perennials are evergreen; others die to the ground at the end of each growing season, then reappear from roots the following year. Most need periodic division and replanting to look their finest. Grow them for their colorful foliage or for beautiful blooms.
The leaves of perennial foliage plants range from green to colorful enough to brighten any garden. One of our favorite foliage workhorses is heuchera, which comes in a variety of leaf shapes, from rounded to ruffled to scalloped, with colors ranging from burgundy, caramel, apricot, and bronze to vibrant chartreuse. The low perennials—about 1 to 3 feet tall and wide—are perfect in containers and borders. Give them full to part sun and regular water.
Pictured are some more favorites, clockwise from top left: 'Encore,' 'Lime Marmalade,' 'Neptune,' 'Kassandra,' 'Can Can,' and 'Crème Brûlée.’