Why Plant Perennials?

perennial lupine and poppies

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.

perennial rudbeckia phlox and echinacea

Many perennials are extremely low maintenance, including Echinacea and Black Eyed Susan.

Steps To Planting A Perennial Garden Or Meadow:

  1. Plant in the fall or spring – with perennials it doesn’t really matter.
  2. Water and weed regularly in the first season.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

perennial daylilies and phlox

Daylilies multiply each year and can be dug up, divided and re-planted every few seasons.

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.

plant perennials like milkweed

Once established, Milkweed is a low maintenance perennial that the pollinators in your area depend on.

Big Statement

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.

Some Of Our Favorite Perennials

3 thoughts on “Why Plant Perennials?”

  • john

    when I should purchase seed for fall planting (North Central Florida)?

  • Howard Hunter

    Not a comment, just more dumb questions if you wonderful people can stand more from me!! Here goes!! I have rototilled my new plot and it looks good. Now, I would like to know if it is ok to cover the entire 21 x 21 ft. piece w/ 4ply black plastic and then cut holes where I have laid out the plant diagram. I plan on covering any areas not planted w/ ornamental stone. I feel stone is prettier and will be permanent without future maintenance. Is this a smart plan or not. Don't be afraid to be blunt. I want to be wise in this adventure and I value your great advice. Will the plants get enough water in the hole area where they are planted. Maybe lastly, HaHa, will I have to worry about covering any plants for the winter after planting this fall. As you know I am in zone 5. Now, lastly again, I tested soil and have neutral Ph, and the Nitrogen-Phosphorous-and Potash all tested low. What is a good fertilizer to dress with. Thanks, Howard

    • Jenny

      Hi Howard - thanks for your question! We don't recommend using black plastic as a weed barrier for a few reasons: it prevents necessary air circulation and water absorption throughout the living soil environment. So, skip the plastic and go for the gravel mulch all by itself - but feel free to apply a slightly thicker layer than you had originally planned. If your weeds are really pesky, you can sprinkle some corn gluten before planting; this is a natural pre-emergent, meaning that it prevents seeds from germinating (it also adds nitrogen to your soil). As long you don't use corn gluten in areas where you're intentionally sowing seeds, such as wildflowers, it can be a great tool. Hope this and Happy Gardening! - Jenny

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