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A Garden List Of Common And Simple To Grow Perennial Plants

Updated on January 19, 2014

Introduction To Perennial Plants

Gardening is something that most of early man did to ensure their own survival. It was more of farming rather than a small hobby like gardening. You might not want to work so hard every single year and just simple want that fruit/vegetable that sprouts up and produces something every year. That's about the way I am. Also, if you get heirloom seeds, you can use the seeds from the fruits and vegetables produced to grow even more elsewhere! My entire childhood I tried to grow plants and never had success up until I discovered these plants and tips for gardening here. Now you don't have to have the magic touch to garden anymore because there is a science behind it!

What Are Perennial Plants?

Perennial plants, also called perennials, are plants that will regrow every year. They either do this by solidifying their existence with roots in the ground, or dropping fruit with seeds in it. A good example of the seed dropping is the tomato. If you've ever gardened before and found a tomato on the ground, you know that often times it replants itself the next year. I especially can't wait for this spring, because I dropped tons of wild blackberry seeds everywhere. The root replanting method is simple. We'll use strawberry plants as an example. Their roots cause them to be perennials, because they can normally survive winter. How the produce more plants is either by dropping seeds, or their roots grow out and create what is known as a sister plant. Simple and easy. Normally, you'll want to trim the sister plant off so it will produce healthier fruits. Of course, that is strictly up to you.

Chocolate dipped mint leaves
Chocolate dipped mint leaves
Basil plant
Basil plant


Herbs are used to spice up your meals and make them delicious and certainly much more appetizing. Here are some perennial herbs that you can grow easily!

  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Onions
  • Mint
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender
  • Horseradish
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Fennel

A tip for mint after you grow it and harvest the leave, try dipping it in some chocolate!

On the right of this text here, there is a video on helpful tips on caring for herbs. I figured some people like me could use these tips in their garden to help improve their production of herbs. My personal favorites to grow are basil and mint because they are simple and grow back reliably every year.


Perennial fruits sure are a blessing. You hardly have to do a whole lot of work to get them to grow, yet you still get your sweet and delicious fruit! The only bad part is that they don't produce during the less sunny parts of the warm seasons. Still, it's definitely worth making an attempt to grow these and maybe can, freeze, or store in some other manner for later use. Remember to use the foragers code. That code is for every 3 of the plants you find to leave 2 so they can reproduce.

  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Fig
  • Huckleberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Persimmon
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Raspberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears

A simple spinach plant
A simple spinach plant


Vegetables sure can make your dinner plate lively. Why not grow your own and make them 10x more delicious than their store bought counterparts? Here's a list of simple to take care of perennial vegetables.

  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke
  • Broccoli
  • Rhubarb
  • Radiccio
  • Sweet Potato
  • Spinach
  • Water Cress
  • Yams

Honestly, I'm surprised there isn't more with the versatility and simplicity of growing vegetables. I don't know about you but I'm definitely getting my hands on some sweet potato sprouts for this spring!

Final Thoughts

I love perennial plants! They allow you to have plenty of food without all of the hard work every single year. Now, this doesn't mean you shouldn't care for the plants. Even though they are supposed to grow back every year doesn't mean they will. They are not immortal. You should still continue to weed the place they are planted (unless they are invasive), so they can survive and thrive. Maybe add some compost to it as well to give it a boost. Too much nitrogen, however can kill the plant by exhausting it from making an attempt at processing all of the nitrogen in the compost. So do not overload it unless you want dead plants because you fed it too much. Good luck on your garden this year!


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    • zsezse4 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Thompson 

      5 years ago from United States

      Well in a dry environment just supply enough water and it should be fine! I live in a 4 season environment in the mountains so it's interesting to see how plants grow!

      And WiccanSage, good luck on growing this year. You should probably start some seeds soon so you can begin planting as soon as the last frost has passed!

    • VVanNess profile image

      Victoria Van Ness 

      5 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I would love to figure out how to grow these on my own in our very dry, unaccommodating environment. :)

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Very informative hub. i can hardly believe it's that time of year again for planning the garden. Thanks so much for sharing, I have grown a lot of these and some I have debated but I might go for it this year. Nice work here!


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