Spring perennial Spectacle! Planting tips for your garden…

Oh the joys of our perennial flower!  With a modicum of care, they come back every year for our enjoyment……But what are perennials?

perennial plant or simply perennial (Latin per, “through”, annus, “year”) is a plant that lives for more than two years.[1] The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. The term is also widely used to distinguish plants with little or no woody growth from trees and shrubs, which are also technically perennials.[2] (Wikipedia)

By planting perennial flowering plants, we can be confident of a beautiful annual display!  This Spring has been cool…..literally!  Say what you will, the cool weather extends the blooming season and we get to enjoy nature’s beauty that much longer.

Mature rhodedendron & bi-color azaela (in rear) frame bed of perennials: Siberian iris, yellow iris, purple salvia (and soon to see Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)!


Grassy nature of the iris bed compliments the bed of perennial grasses (in the background behind row of Lilly Turf (Liriope muscari) all evoking images of waves at the nearby Belmar seaside!

In larger (and/or longer beds) its important to plant larger groupings or swaths of the same (perennial or annual) plants…not just one here and one there.  The result gives you a block of color and continuity.

A recent GreenRose garden design showing examples of mass plantings…rows of Coreopsis, Silver Carpet (Lambs’ Ears) in the foreground. Lavandar, Russian & Meadow Sage in the background.

Couple of things to Remember:

1)  Follow the spacing directions found on most perennials you purchase….leave them room to grow!  We often want “instant” beauty but if you plant them too close together, they will outgrow their space quickly.

2)  Most perennials, though reliable in that they return every year, have a limited bloom season.  Therefore to have color all through the season one must plant different perennials with different blooming times throughout the season.  And, last but not least…also plant annuals!  They may only last one season….but they (generally) bloom all season long!

Happy gardening!

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