Gardening / October 4, 2018 / Camille Ness.
The advantage to growing perennials is their repeat performance year after year. However, they do require regular maintenance - staking - pruning - deadheading and dividing.
Perennial flowers are sold both in containers and bare-root. Some perennials bloom longer than others so when planning your garden be sure to include several types that are long bloomers which will keep a continuous show of color going all season.
When buying Perennials - or any plant for that matter - another consideration is what type of sun exposure it needs. This is important as it helps to determine where it will grow to its potential.
Determining where to place plant groups largely depends on your gardens backdrop. For example: If the garden is to be planted in front of a fence, stonewall or building the tallest plants should be placed in the very back. In an open space – round or oval – put tallest plants in the center. Once the tallest plants have been set, begin working outward gradually decreasing plant size.
Create interest by using various colors and textured plants. However, a perennial garden using a variation of a single color can also be quite striking.
Add several natural rocks in new shapes, possibly some stepping-stones a mulch of your choice a bench, and you’ve got a pretty shade area to sit and admire during the warm days of summer.
When planning your perennial garden, instead of placing your plants in a line – like soldiers at attention – try planting each group of plants in a triangle or diamond shape, this will help blend plants which gives a more natural look.
Just remember to leave room for the plant 's growth. This typically breaks down to 18-36in apart for tall plants, 12-18in for medium and 6-12in for small plants.