No matter where you’re gardening, when it’s time to plan your next growing season there are usually two options: annuals or perennials. While annuals have their obvious benefits and can offer bright color for containers, perennials are often the better choice when it comes to low maintenance, economic value and statement.
Less Maintenance, More Time For You
Whether you’re planting a wildflower meadow or a formal garden, perennial varieties require much less maintenance than annuals. You can expect to spend less time and effort feeding, watering, and otherwise tending to your plants.
Steps To Planting A Perennial Garden Or Meadow:
- Plant in the fall or spring – with perennials it doesn’t really matter.
- Water and weed regularly in the first season.
- Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see blooms the first year – all perennial wildflowers and most plants only show green growth in their first growing season.
- The second and successive years you’ll enjoy colorful blooms with little maintenance.
Like all gardens, you’ll want to weed regularly and supplement with occasional water when it’s really dry, but established perennial meadows and gardens require very little fuss and attention. This gives you more time to enjoy your landscape and not be tending to it frequently.
Plant Perennials And Get More Bang For Your Buck
Unlike annuals, perennials are a one-time purchase and a great economic choice for gardeners on any budget.
Many perennials, such as Daisies, Lupine, Daylilies and more even multiply each year, offering up a great chance to divide and re-plant in other spots in your garden. Learn how to divide plants in our blog.
The season-long statement that perennial gardens and meadows offer up is unmatched by most. Often planned and meticulously designed to shift with the season, these gardens add bold, unified statements that can be depended on each season. See some of our favorite perennial combinations in our blog.