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Perennials have a full palette of colors, textures, forms, and fragrances. They can live for a decade or more. They are planted from a bulb or a seed and then reproduce for years to come. Perennials typically grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back in the autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their root-stock. A gardener may treat some as an annual if the winter is harsher than the perennial’s native habitat. Popular varieties at Wholesale Nursery Company include:
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Lily Of The Valley, a low growing plant that blooms in the early spring, and has a great fragrance.
The famous Orange Day-lily provides bright pops of color.
We have many varieties of Trillium – a low growing native woodland wildflower that flowers in spring.
Phlox comes in both the taller varieties and as a ground cover.
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Perennials are Perfect For Flower Beds
There are many things to take into account when planning a flower garden in your yard. Location and size are not the only issues to consider. The type of flowers to plant is an important thing to keep in mind. You could go with annuals for non-stop blooming throughout the growing season, or you could go with perennials. Perennials only need to be planted once, and you get to enjoy the beauty of their re-appearance every season. Not only does a perennial flower bed bring natural beauty to the yard, but it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Perennials are an excellent choice for those that want a more permanent flower bed. These types of flowers grow back every season on their own, and each year they are more abundant in size and blooms than the year before. There are many varieties of perennials to choose from. These include the sun, shade, ground cover, cut flower, small shrubs, and many more. There are even some perennials that have a Spring to Autumn blooming time, such as the Garden Phlox. Flowers are not the only thing to consider when purchasing perennials. Perennials are grown for the beauty of their variegated leaf color, which can also enhance and add color to the flower bed.
Creating an all-season perennial flower bed will provide a colorful array of flower blooms from Spring through Autumn. Some perennials, like the Bleeding Heart and Blood-root, begin to bloom in early Spring, while others like the Asiatic Lily and Balloon Flower bloom in mid-Summer. Finally, the Aster and Black-Eyed Susan produce their flowers in Autumn. Keep this in mind while choosing the perennials and planning the bed, and you’ll have no problem at all enjoying a beautiful array of varying flowers through the entire three seasons. With all of the choices available when buying perennials, the final result of a beautiful flower bed is only limited by the imagination.
Perennials Return every spring and live for decades. Unlike annuals
Perennials make nice backbones to any garden. Because they bloom year after year, gardeners can look forward to watching them grow over time. Follow these tips to learn how to care for perennials in your garden.
Types of Perennials
When most people talk about perennials, they are referring to herbaceous varieties. These plants have soft green stems, and although the stems die during winter, the roots remain alive. In the spring, the plant sprouts anew.
Woody, or evergreen, perennials have heartier stems. Unlike those of herbaceous perennials, the stems of woody plants go dormant in winter but remain above ground.
There are a variety of perennials to choose from in nearly every planting zone. You’ll find plants that thrive in the shade, ones that do best in the sun, small plants, tall plants, climbing, and trailing varieties, restrained blooms, and more.
To make the right choices for your garden, consider your climate, light conditions, and the plant’s nutrient, water, and soil requirements. Perennials have different bloom periods, so to ensure year-round color, choose a variety of spring bloomers and those that develop flowers in summer, autumn and even winter. Consider when to plant them, and choose textures and colors that complement each other.
Planting These Beauties
Most perennials have small root balls that are easy to manage. If you’re wondering when to plant them, spring and fall are ideal, but it is common for gardeners to plant perennials when they are in full bloom. That way, you can see exactly what you’re buying and adding to your garden.
When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole twice the width and height of the root ball. Gently take the plant from the pot and loosen the roots slightly. Place the root ball in the hole, fill it with soil and gently tamp down. Water a few times a week for a month after planting, then at least once a week for the next month. To nourish the soil and keep it moist, add a layer of mulch around your perennials.
How to Care for Perennials
Gardeners love perennials because they require little attention. Many of our favorite varieties- daylilies, coneflowers, and bluebells - can be successfully grown by even beginner gardeners by following these tips.
Following the last frost in spring, spread a bit of compost around your plants. Plants that don’t go dormant in winter, like one of our favorite varieties- day Lillie's - need compost or mulch in fall as well to protect against winter frosts.
Cut back growth in the fall once the tops die to prepare spring bloomers like bluebells for winter, and deadhead plants like coneflowers to make the blooming season last longer.