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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 54

What's New in the World of Perennials: Trends in Perennials

Steven Still

pp: 384-387


In beginning a look at the trends in perennials, one should quickly review the history of perennials. Perennials have always been part of the green industry but their importance has been cyclic. Perennials, including ornamental grasses, were available in catalogs of the Victorian period. In the early part of the 20th century until the late 1970s, perennials were produced by classical perennial nurseries, i.e., those producing only perennials. These nurseries were fairly stable in their production but the value (sales) was not at a level that would entice other types of nurseries to produce perennials. Obviously, this situation has changed. Early nurseries included Martin Viette Nursery on Long Island, New York; Wayside Gardens, Mentor, Ohio; and Sunbeam Gardens, Westlake, Ohio, to name a few.

There are two other areas that help illustrate the history of perennials and present perennial trends. The first is in the area of publications or books about perennials. In 1973

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