Why Plant Perennials? Top 3 Reasons We Love Perennials
Whether you're growing a garden bed, a flower border, or a meadow, perennials have loads of benefits. Read on for our top 3 reasons to plant perennials!
1. Low-Maintenance Perennials Means 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. Perennials can be plant in the fall or spring. Water and weed regularly in the first season, but don’t be alarmed if you don’t see blooms the first year – in their first season, perennial plants work to establish strong root systems. Perennial wildflowers and most perennial plants only show green growth in their first growing season. In their second and successive years to come, 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!
Most perennials are low-maintenance and easy to grow, including Echinacea, Phlox, and Black Eyed Susan.
2. Perennials Give You More Bang For Your Buck
Unlike annuals, perennials are a one-time purchase that pays you back for years, making them a great economic choice for gardeners on any budget. Many perennials, such as Daisies, Lupine, Daylilies, and more, even multiply each year. Naturalizing perennials give you the opportunity to divide and re-plant in other spots in your garden.
Look for perennial plants with extended bloom times, or reblooming varieites, to see the most flowers!
Learn More: How To Divide and Move Plants In Spring
Daylilies multiply each year and can be dug up, divided, and re-planted every few seasons.
3. Perennials Make A Big Statement
The season-long statement that perennial gardens and meadows offer up is unmatched. You can plan and design your perennial garden to shift with the season. A well-designed perennial garden can deliver bold colors from flowers and foliage, from spring all the way through fall! For inspiration, see some of our favorite perennial combinations: 10 Colorful Plant Combinations
Once established, Milkweed is a low maintenance perennial that the pollinators in your area depend on.