Choosing and Planting Perennials

Planting perennials is a wonderful way to enhance any garden, especially a plain-looking vegetable garden, without much additional effort on the gardener's part.

Perennial flowers are strong, local flowers that come back year after year without having to replant or having to do any extra work. During their off seasons, the flowers and stems die back, leaving behind hardly any evidence that a plant ever existed there (rather than leaving those unsightly brown clumps in your garden) . When it's time for them to bloom again, fresh new flowers begin to shoot up in their place.

Before deciding whether to plant perennials, you need to ensure that the soil in your garden has proper drainage. If not, you should build a raised bed. If you aren't sure, it's easy to test. Do this by digging a hole and filling it with water. After one day, fill it back up with water.After 10 hours, there shouldn't be a trace of water left in the hole. If it isn't completely dry, you'll need to raise the bed.

When choosing perennials to plant, your goal should be to have a variety of colors changing throughout the year. To help you with this, research the different types of flowers you would like and create a timeline for flowering. With creative and proper planning, you can have different types of flowers blooming all throughout the year. Coming up with just the right mixture of seeds can give your garden a constantly changing array of color.

When when you go out to buy the seeds from your local retailer, often times you'll find a custom seed mixture prepared and sold exclusively for your area. This really helps as far as having to do the research, because the packages are optimized for the area you live in and allow you to enjoy beautiful flowers all year round. If these types of packages aren't sold in your area, ask a nursery employee what they think would be a good mixture.

Using mulch is highly recommended when planting perennials. It reduces the amount of weeds and increases water retention. Bark or pine needles work great.

When planting the seeds, be sure to follow the directions and put them in small, separate clumps. They tell you to do this because the plants need room to spread out; otherwise, if you have too many too close together, they end up choking each other. As you plant them, throw in a little bit of extremely weak fertilizer; otherwise, use a fertilizer sparingly once your plants start to come to life, and in no time at all, you'll see your flowers blooming.


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