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Perennials or Herbaceous Perennial are these both the same??? Sorry to be dense here but often wonder this why the name? never wanted to ask fear of looking silly!!
thanks to anyone who can help? I need lots of different perenials to fill my borders with colour cannot afford annuals and need to plant from seed¬!



Perennials are long-lived plants that are there every year. Herbaceous means that the foliage dies off in autumn but grows again the following spring.

24 Feb, 2012


So, just to add my bit, Perennials can be evergreen, whereas herbaceous ones are deciduous.

24 Feb, 2012


Thank you both for your replies very very helpful

24 Feb, 2012


What a sensible good question you asked.

24 Feb, 2012


Eminently sensible question, Ladygardener!
Techically, a perennial is any plant that lives more than 2 years, including trees and shrubs. Herbaceous perennials are those that have little or no permanent woody structure, such as mums or daylilies. However, most gardeners use the word "perennial" to refer only to herbaceous perennials, since in practical usage, well, trees and shrubs already have their own names, right?

24 Feb, 2012


thank you so much all been so helpful

25 Feb, 2012

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