Gardening With Summer Perennials

Advice from expert gardeners on planting, soil, propagating, climate, Latin names and more.

Four gardening professionals show and tell all there is to know about perennial plants:

Michael Bates:

Michael grew up in the West Country of England in a family of dedicated gardeners. He now designs and consults extensively throughout the West Coast. His own Sonoma Mountain garden is a wonderful California hybrid of the traditional English style, including mass plantings of shrub roses, perennials, and a wildflower meadow.

Sarah Hammond:

Sarah is a lifelong gardener. With frequent trips to England, over a 15 year span, Sarah has introduced many unusual perennials to the U.S.She established the original Smith and Hawken nursery in Mill Valley and still consults for them, and others. Her coastal garden and retail nursery is an hour north of San Francisco.

Daria and Bruce Shanks:

Both Bruce and Daria got their horticultural start in the retail nursery business. In Daria’s case, starting at age 13. Later, Bruce focused on landscape design, and installation. They now own and operate Cottage Garden Growers of Petaluma, a 2 acre nursery specializing in perennial plants.

19 Replies to “Gardening With Summer Perennials”

  1. Very informative and beautifully presented especially by “the beautiful lady in the final segment.

  2. Amazing! And so very pleasant to watch ~ I learned a lot ~ I used to live in Marin Co. right near Petaluma ~ Thank you ;->

  3. I don't know why I thought this, but I thought perennials would come back forever.  I am just a beginner.

  4. so unfortunate for us living here in malaysia..people are more obsessed in creating wealth than creating gardens

  5. Wonderfully informative and well made – I have many perennials myself – great to learn more. Michael has a great , rather aristocratic voice 🙂

  6. This was an amazing and informative video! Thank you so much for haring all this knowledge!

  7. Love to see beautiful garden, we live in hot climate in malaysia thank for the videos

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