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The Top 10 Best Perennials for Abbotsford Gardens

How could you not love perennials? With reliable colour that comes back every year, these beauties will brighten your landscape with minimal effort required! Abbotsford falls within the USDA Zone 8b, so you’ll have the best results if you plant perennials that are hardy to Zone 8. If you see a plant that’s labeled as Zone 9 or higher, you can only grow it as an annual during the warmer months.

If you’re looking for perennials that can survive our Abbotsford winters, we have ten worthy contenders we think you’ll love!

Here are Our Top Picks for the Best Perennials to Plant in Abbotsford 

Transform your landscape with long-lasting colour and sensational perennial blooms. Outdoor entertaining is all the more enjoyable when you’ve got a beautiful view! 

1. Black Eyed Susan: These honey golden perennials are pure sunshine! They brighten up the landscape with a warm glow, drawing in butterflies and other pretty pollinators. Once their flowers fade, pull off the spent blooms to encourage repeat blooming. 

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2. Shasta Daisies: It was Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail  who said “Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”, and we couldn’t agree more. There’s something so distinctly cheerful and sweet about these classic white perennial flowers with sunny yellow centres. 

3. Yarrow: The ultra-vivid clusters of tiny flowers on this much-loved perennial are total bee magnets! Plus, they naturally repel mosquitoes and other annoying pests, so Yarrow is definitely worth adding to your garden. 

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4. Tall Grasses: Wispy ornamental grasses like Feather Reed Grass and Fountain Grass are highly underrated perennials that deserve a spot in your garden. Though they may not have bright blossoming flowers, they bring phenomenal texture contrast and movement to the landscape. Some ornamental grasses develop feathery plumes and some in eye-catching colours like plum purple or teal.  

5. Bleeding Hearts: One of the best perennials for shady spots, Bleeding Hearts will brighten the darker corners of your yard with their hot pink, heart-shaped flowers that dangle like ornaments. 

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6. Echinacea: Also known at the Coneflower, these adorable daisy-like perennials are super low-maintenance and drought-resistant. This is because they’re native to Canada, so they’ve adapted to live here on their own! Plus, they have powerful medicinal properties, so you can brew your Echinacea into herbal teas to soothe a sore throat. 

7. Violas: This close cousin of the Pansy has smaller flowers, but they produce far more per plant, making it an excellent groundcover plant for maximum colour. Violas thrive in cool weather, so try to keep them out of direct afternoon sun during the warmest months. They’re edible too, so if you don’t use chemical treatments on your flower beds, you can enjoy the flowers in cocktails, salads, and desserts. 

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8. Gaillardia: Similar to Echinacea, this native perennial flower is so easy to keep alive, and it blooms for such a long time! Fabulously vibrant flowers last all through summer and fall in a burst of rich sunset colours. 

9. Stargazer Lilies: Make a dramatic statement in your garden with eye-catching Stargazer Lilies! Usually pink, but occasionally white or purple, these spellbinding perennial blooms have a fabulous scent, and you can use them as cut flowers for mixed arrangements.

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10. Daylilies: Known for being one of the most pollution-tolerant flowers, Daylilies are definitely cut out for city living! People are always amazed at how tough these pretty perennial plants are—if we get an unexpected overnight chill, they’ll come out unscathed. 

To find all of the best perennials in Abbotsford, visit us at Windsor Greenhouse to see what’s new for 2022! Our staff will be happy to show you the newest varieties and popular favourites to fill your landscape with magnificent fragrance, colour, and texture.