‘Passion for Perennials’ competition

Herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses provide the seasonal peaks and troughs, colour, form and movement in the garden like no other group of plants can. Inspired by planting designers such as Piet Oudolf in the Netherlands and James van Sweden in the US, many of us are embracing this naturalistic style of planting and becoming more adventurous with herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses in our gardens.

OGV’s competition for the months of March and April is all about your ‘Passion for Perennials’ and how you are using these plants in creative combinations to bring seasonal interest to your garden.

We’re delighted to announce that renowned plants-woman and garden tour guide Merryle Johnson from Country Farm Perennials will be judging the competition and has kindly donated a $100 plant voucher from Country Farm Perennials for the lucky winner!

We’d love to see the beautiful groupings of perennials in your garden as they move from their summer peak into their seed-heads of autumn. Do you have the luxury of space to plant swathes of perennials and grasses that sway in the breeze? Perhaps you’re particularly proud of a gorgeous colour combination or a special corner you’ve brought to life with some rare and unusual varieties you’ve collected.

Whether it be sedums and salvias, achillea and agastache, or melianthus and monarda – we can’t wait to see what perennials you’ve combined in your garden.

For the months of March and April, we’re asking you to send in pictures of your ‘Passion for Perennials’ showing how you have used and grouped these plants in your garden. Follow the conditions of entry below to enter the competition. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 30th April 2021 – so get your entries in and make us green with envy!


  • This competition is open to Victorian home gardeners only. Images of gardens designed by professional gardeners, or of commercial or public spaces, may be sent in for us to share online for inspiration. These will not be included in the judging.
  • Send high resolution photos (min. 500KB) via email to Do not send images via social media.
  • No more than 5 images per entry per person.
  • Save each image file name as your family name followed by the competition name. If there is more than 1 image then add the number of each image at the end of the file name to match the description you write (see next condition) e.g. SmithPassionforPerennials1.
  • Write a short description including how you’re using herbaceous perennials and grasses, and where in Victoria your garden is. Include all plant names of the plants in the image/s supplied. If you are sending more than 1 image, number your descriptions to match your image numbers.
  • Include the competition name in the ‘subject line’ of your email.
  • If your garden has already won a competition this year you are free to share new images of a different part of your garden according to the competition theme. While you won’t be included in the judging, you may be recognised as a runner up or given a special mention by the judge.