Perennial & Flower Gardening Tips
When planting a garden many things must be taken into consideration. The types of plants to be grown must be decided. Choosing the best possible spot to have it. The amount of sunlight the area will receive and how it's impacted by the weather should be known. The soil involved is also important. A gardener will need to know what organic matter should be used for treating the soil. The soil's water drainage capabilities are also a factor.
Annuals and Perennials
These are the two basic flowers. Annuals are good for a single growing season. They will go from seed to producing a bulb. They then make seeds and die. Gardeners like them because their bloom can last an entire season. Perennials can have a root system that stays alive underground. They can last for many years and in some cases several decades. The draw back to perennials is they may only bloom for a short period each year.
There are gardeners who love to plant wildflowers on a meadow. This will attract a variety of birds and other animals perfect for viewing. It's beautiful but does require dedication. Experts suggest that for the first one, the gardener choose a small meadow. A walking path could be part of the planning. A variety of flowers can be used. It's best to have ones that will bloom at various times during the spring and summer. Many gardeners don't worry about weeds growing in their meadow garden. They feel it adds to the meadow's natural appearance.
Bleeding Heart perennials are unique
Once the decision has been made about what to grow, it's time to get the seeds. Packets of seeds for flowers can be purchased at garden centers, hardware stores and more. It is important carefully to follow the seed packet directions. It will explain everything from sowing depth to germination, growing temperature and more. Once the seeds are planted, the area should be labeled. It's easy to forget. Knowing when one is different from another is required. They may have different growing requirements.
Most plants grow well in moist soil. Experienced gardeners will add either composted manure, leaf mold or a combination of both to improve their garden's soil. If the soil is sandy, the compost will act like a sponge to retain the moisture. When compost is used with clay soil, it will break up the particles and make space so it can drain easily. This is required. It helps plants get the necessary air.
Perennial Plants Make The Best Garden Plants
Perennial plants, unlike annuals, are long-live plants with beautiful flowers that come back year after year, which makes them the best garden plants. They are the perfect accessory to many other garden plants and do not require much care. The flowers on the perennial die out each winter then return again, just as vibrant, in the Spring. Many perennials keep their green foliage year round which makes them just perfect for use as borders and ground covers. Some of the most intriguing perennial plants include Virignia Blue Bells, Trilliums, Daffodils, and Doll Eyes.
Virginia Blue Bells
This perennial has smooth grayish green foliage with drooping clusters of pink buds that bloom into light-blue trumpet shaped flowers. It has 1-2 ft. long branches with arching stems and large oval shaped leaves. It boasts pink buds from March-April, blue bells from April-May, and purple bells from May-June. This plant thrives in shade and part shade and should be grown in masses for a spectacular flower show.
These low growing plants are part of the Lily family. They can often be spotted in the woods, growing in clusters. They are recognized by their 3 leaves, 3 petals, and 3 sepals. The leaves are solid green oval, elliptical, or diamond shaped and some have red veins that meet in a point on the stem and whirl around. The flowers of the plant can be 3 tubular or capped shaped flowers that may, or may not, have a stem. They are currently on the endangered list but are working their way to a nursery near you.
These hardy, happy, easy-to-handle perennials are most recognized by their 6 bright yellow or white flowers and trumpet shaped center. This perennial lives for a decade or more. They are the perfect accompaniment to woodland gardens, large groves, between shrubs or as a border. Their vibrant yellow color is the perfect way to welcome the Spring.
This perennial has a long red-wine stem and white berries with black dots in the center, on the end; hence the name. This woodland plant grows best in moist soil and has a rose like scent that attracts both insects and birds. Because it is a toxic plant, it should be handled with care.
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