From professional greenhouse growers to amateur gardening enthusiasts, many consider planting perennials to be the single most intelligent investment a person can make to add flair and longevity to their garden beds.
A herbaceous perennial plant is a plant that, once fully matured, will grow year after year with little to no maintenance required. Like any other plant or flower, its top will die down during the cold winter season. Still, its roots will remain unscathed because of its vigorous nature, lying dormant until spring brings warmer weather and more desirable conditions for its next bloom. This unique species of plant can continue this cycle for three or more seasons.
A few popular perennial plant types are roses, mums, day-lilies, and peonies. Certain perennials do better in certain areas, so keep an out around the neighborhood to better understand which ones will continuously thrive under your local weather conditions.
Unlike annuals, a perennial is unlikely to grow from seed to flower within its first season. The reason for this is because, during its smaller vegetative state, a perennial will use most of its energy to develop a solid, robust root system to ensure it survives the winter and lives for many years.
For those wanting their perennials to flower during the upcoming season, it’s a good idea to purchase an already established perennial plant from a local nursery and transplant it accordingly.
The advantages that come with planting a perennial in your garden are almost endless. To save you some time, here are just a few.
For the most part, a perennial is a set and forget process; unlike annuals that die back every year, a perennial that thrives in a specific area survive for years on end, sometimes even decades.
Certain perennial plants will continue to bloom and thrive if they are dug up and their vast root system is divided. Doing this helps the plant survive longer and will create many more plants during the following season, which can be transplanted elsewhere or given to a friend.
A perennial garden is ultra-dynamic. They grow and bloom at their own particular time with each season. And unlike annuals that die back and takes months and months to bloom fully, a perennial can fully flower in under six weeks.
While the bright colors and complex flowering structures are appealing, many perennial species come with attractive leaves and foliage. That can add appeal to any garden, even during the winter months.
The simplest way to start planting a perennial that lives for many years in your flower bed is to purchase a nursery-grown plant locally. Although these may be slightly more expensive than annual flowers, the fact that their flowers return year after year makes them a terrific value, saving you both time and money in the long haul.
While a perennial’s flowering time will vary from plant to plant, the most desirable time of year to plant a perennial, which will flower in summer and fall, for example, is during the spring. On the contrary, a perennial that hits full flower during the spring is best planted during the summer or fall.
While annuals are the flower of choice for display in mainstream garden centers and smaller gardens, the perennial flower is quickly becoming the most exciting, visually appealing addition to gardens worldwide.