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Herbaceous plants are non-woody plants, such as most ferns and grasses, which either form tiny amounts of hard woody tissue, or none at all. Their above-ground growth largely or totally dies back in winter in the temperate zone, but they may have underground plant parts (roots, bulbs, etc.) that survive.

Technically, all annual plants are herbaceous, because an annual is a non-woody plant. Annuals take it a step further and die altogether at the end of their lone growing season, both above the ground and below it. Some of the Herbaceous plants we sell are:

  • Erysimum Bowles mauve
  • Heuchera
  • Festuca Intense Blue
  • West Country Lupins
  • Paeonia lactiflora types

Herbaceous Plants That Are Perennial

The body of an herbaceous plant is mainly made up of cellulose, which makes it relatively flexible and fragile, while the stems of a woody plant have lignin, which is far stronger, providing the plant with stiffness, and which lasts for years. These are non-woody plants that die back to around ground level once cold temperatures return. They do, however, survive the winter, thanks to their underground plant parts. This group includes some of the most cherished plants in the landscape. The following short list mentions several examples:

  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)

Would you like a herbaceous plant in your garden? Please ask any colleague in our Frosts Garden Centres for more information and advice about our Herbacious. Our garden centres are located in Woburn Sands, Willington, Millets Farm and Brampton. We hope to see you soon!