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Mediterranean perennials

Mediterranean perennials from Lubera

Mediterranean perennials reliably bring southern flair into sunny beds with many beautiful flowers. Most of the perennials in our Mediterranean plant assortment are hardy so that these beds can also be designed in more northern regions.

   
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Agapanthus 'Flower of Love'

African lily 'Flower of Love'

£21.40 *

Agapanthus 'Lapis Lazuli'

African lily 'Lapis Lazuli'

£21.40 *

Agapanthus 'Northern Star'

African lily 'Northern Star'

£21.40 *

Agapanthus 'Twister'

African lily 'Twister'

£21.40 *

No image available Artemisia absinthium

Absinth wormwood

£3.50 *

No image available Artemisia alba

Southernwood

From £4.40 *

Artemisia lactiflora 'Guizhou'

Pale-flowered wormwood 'Guizhou'

From £7.40 *

No image available Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'

Silver wormwood, western mugwort

From £4.40 *

Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana'

Dwarf schmidt wormwood

From £4.90 *

   
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More information about Mediterranean perennials

 

There are also perennials for pots, such as the elegant Agapanthus. When it comes to variety, Mediterranean perennials are in no way inferior to perennials for semi-shady and shady beds, as you will quickly notice in our range.  

But what kind of perennials are we talking about? First of all, this is not a botanical classification, but rather a compilation, which is characterised by its use, but also by certain characteristics and the origin of the plants. Mediterranean perennials are characterised by at least one of the following properties:

  • They thrive in the Mediterranean region
  • Are adapted to sunny and dry locations
  • Need a place in the blazing sun
  • Develop essential oils with the help of the sun's energy

 

Perennials for sunny beds from the Lubera® Garden Shop

 

Here in our garden shop, we offer a special assortment, which includes beautiful perennials for every desire. For example, you will find particularly intensive flowering daylilies as well as the striking sedums. Beside daylilies and sedums, we also offer the exotic-looking torch lilies Kniphofia. Look around and be inspired!

 

Garden and flower bed design with Mediterranean perennials

 

Gardening with perennials is very easy if you consider the growth of the plants when planting them. It is helpful to sort the plants a bit according to function. Different categories of perennials include the following:

  • Leading perennials
  • Filler perennials
  • Cushion-like perennials

Leading perennials

 

Leading perennials are types with striking flowers and higher growth. Among the Mediterranean perennials, the red hot poker or even thistles can take over the function of the leading perennials. They outperform the other perennials and have particularly attractive flowers. Leading perennials provide focal points and help to structure the perennial bed. 

 

Filler perennials

 

Filling perennials are the companions of the leading perennials and fill the space between them. They are by no means less important; on the contrary, they bear the main "design burden" when creating the perennial bed. In the case of the filler perennials, it is not only spectacular, individual flowers that matter, but also the colour and texture of the foliage. Varied variety and above all time-coordinated flowering make gardening with filler perennials a special pleasure. Mediterranean filler perennials include lavender, Rudbeckia coneflower as well as various types of perennial herbs. 

 

Cusion-like perennials

 

To give beds a beautiful border and a stylish start, cushion-like perennials are used. Cushion-like perennials are low-growing perennials that grow particularly compact and dense. In this way you give the edges of the bed a sufficiently stable planting. In addition, these types are naturally part of the perennial bed design with their flowers and leaves. For this purpose, you can use low-growing lavender or sage. Thyme, with its numerous varieties, is also suitable for planting the edge of the bed. 

 

Planting according to type

 

The great advantage of perennial beds is their longevity and low maintenance requirements. An important prerequisite is, however, that they are planted according to plan. The height of growth and the time of flowering should be taken into account when planting. 

 

The basics of perennial design

 

The height of growth plays a decisive role in the orientation of perennials in two ways. Firstly, they should not shade each other, and secondly, they should not cover each other so that all the perennials can be seen. First of all, the position of the sun must be taken into account, but the direction of the view of the garden visitors and users should also play a role. The viewing direction is determined by the placement of seats but also by the viewing direction from the house. Both, the direction of the sun and the viewing direction, then determine the orientation of the perennials. First, the low perennials are planted, then the medium-high and finally the very high ones. Leading perennials should be easily visible from the sitting area as an eye-catcher. It is best to first make a sketch of how to plant the perennials and then place them on the bed to check the planning once again. 

The time of flowering should also play a role when planning a perennial bed. Ideally, the plants should have alternating flowering periods. In other words, it is a matter of alternating flowers in the spring, summer and autumn. The time of flowering can be included in the sketch for planning the perennial bed along with the growth height. 

Depending on the size of the bed, a sufficient number of perennials should be planned. Especially of the filler types, you need more than one plant to achieve an effective perennial planting. 

 

Time of planting

 

As container plants, Mediterranean perennials can be planted all year round, provided the soil is frost-free. Ideal times for planting the perennials are in autumn and mid-spring. There is sufficient rainfall in both seasons so that the perennials are sufficiently moisturised when they take root. 

 

Planting and soil

 

Planting is easy if the soil is well prepared. It should be nutritious, permeable and loose. Mediterranean perennials prefer crumbly, sandy soil rather than moist, loamy soil. If the soil is too heavy and not well-drained, more permeability must be achieved by digging deep and adding sand. Then sufficiently large planting holes are dug. The size of the planting hole determines the size of the root ball of the perennial to be planted. When planting, it is important to allow enough space, especially in the case of filler perennials, as these often form wide clumps that require a lot of space. Then place the plants in the planting holes and fill them with soil that is pressed firmly into place. Finally, the planting should be carefully watered with a watering can or hose. The watering is repeated two or three times after planting, as it helps them to take root.

 

Care

 

If the perennials are well placed, they are easy to care for. In dry years they will need additional watering. If the soil is poor in nutrients, spring fertilisation with Frutilizer® Compound Fertiliser Plus may be useful in order to supply the plants with nutrients. If individual perennials grow a little too luxuriantly, some stems should be cut off so that fast-growing perennials do not displace weaker developing perennials. If high growing types are flattened in the summer by summer rain and wind, they should be supported so that they can continue to develop their full beauty.

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