Perennials are an easy way to garden, grow your own food, and enjoy it every season. These types of plants, once planted, will continue to produce every season with minimum maintenance.
Many of these plants can grow in different climates or conditions, with multiple rounds of produce from one plant. This can be better for the environment, save you money and time, and the roots are set for decades. Here are some perennial plants you will know and some new plants to try growing.
Kale is called the “walking stick” for its continuous growth, giving you green, leafy veggies to enjoy in salads and steamed dishes. It benefits your blood pressure, boosts digestive health, and helps prevent cancer and diabetes.
Asparagus is one of the best perennial plants, but it does take two years of growth before producing a crop. They are nutrient-dense, fiber-rich, and good-tasting foods to have available yearly. They are used for urinary and bladder infections, and could help with weight loss and hormone balance.
Garlic, once rooted, will come back, and can be used in many dishes both raw and cooked with great health benefits. Its well-known compounds are sulfur and allicin, which benefit the cardiovascular system, dementia, and neurodegenerative disorders.
Radicchio is a beautiful red leaf, similar to Italian chicory. It grows like a cabbage and can be used in salads and pasta dishes. It is high in vitamin B, C, K, and minerals for many great health benefits.
Horseradish is a spicy hot root that is very easy to grow. It clears your sinuses, so it is a great infection fighter. Grated horseradish makes great white sauce and is great with fish and meat dishes.
Rhubarb is popular for its long red stalks, which are used in fruit pies, jams, and braised with meat stews. It is high in antioxidants, fiber, and polyphenols.
6. Egyptian Walking Onions
Egyptian walking onions have unique upward-growing stalks. They taste delicious and have continual bulb growth for years.
5. French Sorrel
French sorrel is a tart, lemony sweet green that is great in salads. Pick your leaves from the outside of the plant so the center will continue to grow.
4. Globe Artichokes
Globe artichokes are popular foods. They have a two-year growth period before being ready to pick, and then continue to produce yearly. There are many great recipes for artichokes, from eating the leaves to canning the hearts of the globes.
Dandelions are edible, even though some think they are weeds. They are great for the liver, and you can use the whole plant. Use the root in soups, the leaves in salad greens, and the pretty yellow flowers can be used to decorate salads.
Strawberries, once planted, will continue to return. We all love our berries for our desserts and even in salads as a dressing with balsamic vinegar and walnuts.
Raspberries are very beneficial for your health, super high in nutrients, good for the skin, and are prolific growers yearly. You can freeze them, make jam and eat them daily.
Actually, there are a total of over 30 perennials or more if you look around. Some are not well known and may grow in only specific planting zones. Try something new and have fun in your garden with perennial plants.Related: Soothing Plants for More Oxygen and Better Sleep