The Essentials of a Resilient Garden

a guide to Perennial herbs, vegetables, and fruit



Perennials are the ultimate in resilient plants. They’re defined as any plant that lives for three or more years and, once established, live from one year to the next without much fussing over. They tend to be more resistant to pests than annuals because they’re heartier. They also require much less watering, tending, and feeding.

This makes them a good choice for backyard carbon farmers, that is, gardeners who want to do something about climate change by capturing carbon in their own yards, or community gardens, or pots and containers. We’re publishing a series of Growing Food books for this new crop of resilient gardeners that makes it simple enough for even non-gardeners to do. The first will be released in Summer 2018. 


Discover the resilient gardener in you

Please note: we'll continue to build it out our features until we include all perennials. Stay tuned!


Additional INFORMATION & resources

Frost Chart

Plant Hardiness Map

Follow this link to search for more plants that are regionally compatible.




To make a cutting, select a healthy growth that’s 3 to 6 inches long and make a sharp cut. Clip off the lower leaves to leave a bare stem. Many experts advise sticking the end in a root hormone to enhance growth. Then put it in potting mix. It can take about a month or two on average for your cutting to take root.

sandy loam Soil

Most vegetables and herbs thrive in sandy loam soil, which generally contains moderate to high levels of sand, small amounts of silt and small to moderate amounts of organic loam. It also drains well.