Planting with Perennials

Planting with Perennials

Perennials in the Garden

Perennials are a great way to add splashes of colour and texture into the garden space. There is a large number of options that can extend your blooming season from spring to fall, in all different colours, heights, and styles. Ask our Horticulture Specialists for assistance in picking perennials that will provide you with flowers all summer long.

What is a perennial?

Perennials are often confused with annuals, but there is an important difference to note. Annuals are only meant to last one season, they will live for one year only. Perennials will die down to the ground (in most cases) for the winter but will come back year after year.

Perennial MaintenancePerennial Maintenance

Perennials are typically easy to maintain. Regular deadheading of spent flowers (unless the seedhead is desirable), watering, and spring clean up is generally what most perennials will need for maintenance. Removing spent flower heads or any leaf debris will help prevent pests and diseases from attacking your plants. Every perennial will have slightly different watering needs, so be sure to ask your Horticultural Specialist for specifics when purchasing. The most important maintenance practice you can do is first thing in the spring. Clean up and cut back and dead debris leftover from last year, as perennials will sprout from the base. Removing this debris will allow for the plant to sprout faster, by allowing sunlight and moisture down to the base of the plant. Often times you will hear about cleaning up your perennials in the fall, but by leaving the leaf litter and debris over the winter you actually give the plant some extra winter protection. The leaf litter and debris will act as insulation, and along with some snow cover will help the roots to overwinter more effectively.

Benefits of Perennials

  • Perennials add splashes of colour and texture, along with a variety of colours and heights.
  • They can be used to accentuate feature plants
  • Provide a nectar source for bees and other pollinating insects/animals
  • Add colour to shady areas as an alternative groundcover to grass
  • Extend your blooming season from spring to fall.

How do I use Perennials in my garden?

Stella d'oro daylilyOur Horticultural Specialists can work with you to design the perfect plan for your perennials. Bring in a picture of your space, and some rough measurements of the area and they can lay out a combination of perennials to suit your exact needs. We can also offer a planting plan to give you a visual as to how your look can be achieved with a more in-depth detailed layout.
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