Perennials are the backbone of many beautiful flower gardens and can bring you many pleasant days watching each plant come to life starting in the spring. Perennials are defined as plants that live three or more years. Many people have passed on a “slip” or a “clump” to a friend to help get their garden started.
If you have a perennial garden you are probably very busy cleaning up your beds, weeding and dividing plants that have gotten too big in the last few years.
If you are just getting started, well… that is half the fun! You get to choose the height of the plant, the design of the garden based on location and what works well there, the colour of the blooms, interesting foliage and a variety of plants that will give colour to the garden every month. If there are gaps with colour, you can always rely on annuals to fill in areas where brightness is needed until the next perennial blooms.
Perennials will take a couple of years to settle in and fill out so it’s important to follow the planting directions allowing enough space for the plant to spread in width. By following the suggested height on the tag you’ll know where to plant it in the garden. For example, a garden bed in the center of your yard should have the taller plants in the middle with plants descending in height all around. In a bed like this the taller plants could be Delphinium, False Sunflower, or Red Hot Poker. Plants a bit lower than those would be Echinacea, Phlox, Penstemon or Day Lily. Lower perennials are Campanula, Cranesbill Geranium, Creeping Phlox, and Primula.
We’re pleased to have an extensive selection of perennials on hand including all those mentioned above and Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ http://blog.triblive.com/dougoster/2016/01/20/anemone-honorine-jobert-named-2016-perennial-plant-of-the-year/
which is the 2016 Perennial Plant of the Year™. This is a tall, woody-based perennial that has elegant, big, beautiful white flowers.
An excellent website that gives information on everything you always wanted to know about gardening with perennials is http://www.perennials.com/. There you’ll find tips on getting you garden bed ready for the spring, garden design and top 10 lists of perennials for all locations.
So drop in to see us and let us get you started on the track to starting your perennial garden.