Planting For Good: Perennials

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When you’re working on your landscaping and you think about having year round plants, that is generally the first step towards looking at perennial plants for landscaping as opposed to annuals. Annuals are lovely, there is no doubt about the appeal of lovely tulips, crocuses, and daffodils, but, there are very few people who want to deal with this all over the yard. There are many different types of both annuals and perennials, but in this, we’re going to go into some of the different types of perennials and a basic primer on their use in your landscaping goals.

Granted, not all perennials are going to last, this is just a fact of gardening in general, however, most perennials with care and maintenance will last for two years or more. In cooler climes, they tend to die down, and then come back with the warmer weather a little more lush and stronger with each passing year. Maintenance is usually minimal as the natural rain is generally enough- maiden pinks, salvia, rock cress and hostas are all examples of fairly low maintenance perennials. There are plenty of types of perennials that are almost plant and go- and many that you may find yourself need to prune back a bit or transplant, so make sure you’re aware of what you’re planting before you do so.

Flowering plants like roses, lavender, peonies, and dianthus may need deadheading to encourage more flowering and a little more maintenance, but generally are easy to care for perennials as well. Getting a good soaker hose or system set up for the ones that do require more water can make this option easier, and if you are just wanting the flowering plants and not looking to compete (Many who grow roses do) then there isn’t a great deal of work involved with keeping many types of climbing and bush style roses. This is not even the full list of the wide variety of perennial plants that are available and depending on your zone- you could easily have your entire yard, lawn or landscaping project done in these easy to care for plants. Mulching and weeding are usually a must, but with some preparation, you can keep your flowering perennials fairly weed free without a great deal of hassle.

Another big benefit to perennials is, that with such wide variety comes a multitude of blooming dates and durations. Feasibly, depending on your zone and climate you could have year long blooms in your yard and garden working with perennials. These are also the ideal choice for those who have to, or just prefer container gardening, as it does make for less transition and a longer enjoyed flowering. Opting for perennials verses annuals is often just a matter of convenience for some, for others, they prefer to mix and match. Whatever you choose, doing a little digging into the types and varieties that are out there can help you to find just the right match for your garden or landscaping needs.

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