Course CodeBHT316
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Why Grow Perennials?

  • Perennial plants create an attractive layer of planting to landscape
  • Helps maintain balance in ecosystem
  • Have a longer life span than annuals and biennials

Study this course to:

  • Become an expert at the classification, identification and culture of Perennial Garden Plants. 
  • Discover what perennials are, which perennial plants are most popular today
  • Learn how to use them to create beautiful landscapes.

A course equally valuable to landscapers, nurserymen, cut flower growers and garden enthusiasts.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification
    • Physiology
    • Information sources
  2. Culture
    • Planting
    • Staking
    • Mulching
    • Watering
    • Feeding
    • Pruning, etc.
  3. Propagation and Hybridization
  4. Review of Major Types of Perennials
  5. Pests & Disease
  6. Irrigation & Hydroponic Culture Techniques
  7. Landscaping with Perennials
  8. Further Uses.


  • Describe the identification of Perennial Plants
  • Determine sources of further information for identifying and growing different varieties of perennials.
  • Discuss a variety of cultural techniques used to improve success in growing of different perennial plants
  • Determine the propagation of different perennial plants.
  • Discuss the horticulture of a range of commonly grown perennial genera.
  • Discuss the management of pests and diseases occurring on a range of perennial plants.
  • Manage irrigation and drainage to ensure optimum water levels are maintained for healthy growth in perennials.
  • Determine appropriate use of perennials in a range of horticultural situations.
  • Describe a variety of uses for perennials.

What You Will Do


What is the Scope of this Course?

There is a great deal of scope for you to explore the plants you have most interest in; under the guidance of your tutor.
This course can take your knowledge to the next level and provide a solid foundation for lifelong learning and understanding of perennial plants.

What Can this Course Do For You?

Anyone can refer to a book or web site for information on a perennial plant - but seeing it is not the same as understanding it, remembering it, and being able to apply it in 'real life'.

If you want to be a real life expert with perennial plants - this is the course for you.

Whether you plant to work with perennials (as a nurseryman, landscaper or plant breeder), or are simply an enthusiastic amateur; 


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