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Perennials add excellent color and variety to any garden
A perennial is a plant whose root system retains vitality for longer than two years. Perennials multiplies while and often die back in late summer while others appear vibrant year-round. A plant grown outside of its natural climate zone may die completely due to extreme cold or heat.
Growing perennial plants, whether indoor or outdoor, is a satisfying hobby that leaves a positive environmental impact.
Perennials are fairly low maintenance for the most part
Perennial plants can add vibrant color to any space. For those of us born without a naturally green thumb, this is a little bit easier said than done. Keeping track of planting seasons and cultivating plants can be difficult concepts for many people to grasp. Thankfully, there are plants called perennials. They live for decades, coming back year after year without having to replant. Another bonus to many types of perennial plants is that they are very hearty.
Perennials are delicate and need to be planted and cared for correctly
Where other types of perennial wildflowers can be more delicate and high maintenance, many perennial plants require the bare minimum regarding care and upkeep. Finding the right perennial to add to get your garden started (or to add to your existing patio) requires you to have a reasonably good grasp of two things.
Space-Knowing how much growing space you have available is crucial. If you have a large yard with a significant amount of space you are trying to garden in, you are going to choose different plants than someone growing out of patio pots or window boxes. The amount of growing space also changes based on whether or not there are other plants in or around the empty gardening area.
Where To Plant Your Perennials
Location-Your regional climate will help you determine what kind of perennial plants will have the most significant success in your garden. Factors like humidity, shade, and local season variables all play a role in how well you can grow certain plants. Once you have a realistic sense of what kind of perennial plants will work best with your location and your amount of gardening space, all that is left is to get them, plant them, and watch them bloom for years to come.
When old southern plantations grew beautiful beds of gardening plants, they'd usually settle for perennial plants. Why? Because the are easier to grow than most other type flowering plants, perennials, unlike annuals blooms every spring, doesn't die back like annuals plants, lives for decades and most of all, perennials live for decades and never have to be taken up and replanted due to areas of harsh winter temperatures. They also multiply. Favorites are the Virginia Blue Bells, Day Lily's, Cone-flowers, Trillium and Black Eyed Susan Plants. Also, perennial plants help with weed control as well as soil erosion. Plant them in sun or partial shade, either location, they will do well.
Perennial Benefits - Why Choose Perennials Over Annuals?
Most plants are either annuals or perennials. Annuals die out and must be replanted each year, while perennials come back every year. Each type has its advantages. Let's explore five reasons why perennials can be an excellent choice for your landscape.
They Return Each Spring
One of the biggest chores you face with annuals is planting them each spring. Lousy weather, busy schedules, or lack of a good source for buying the plants can put you behind schedule and leave your landscape looking empty. Perennials are always ready to grow when the weather breaks. They return each spring with new, more significant growth that provides predictable, worry-free beauty.
They Do Not Have to be Taken Up for Harsh Winters
Hardy, locally-adapted perennials are worry-free in the winter. Each fall, you will know that they are ready to withstand the cold and snow that are just around the corner. Their suitability for your climate means they do not have to be taken up for harsh winters. With no concerns about the durability of your plants, this frees you up to do what you need to do like that early fall (and late spring) frosts threaten.
For most landscaping jobs, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to fill the available space with something suitable for the area and compatible with other plants. What works better with a perennial than the same eternal? As many perennials grow, they eventually reach a size that allows them to be dug up, divided, and spread across a greater area. As they multiply, the result is a perfect match that covers more space with a proven performer.
They Are Good for Weed Control
Open areas in your landscape aren't just unsightly. They are also an incubator for weeds. The more you can do to foster healthy perennials, the better your weed control will be. The reason they are suitable for weed control is that they crowd out, starve out, and shade out the undesirable plants, keeping your landscape clean.
They Serve as a Soil Stabilizer
Soil erosion is a severe problem. On a small scale, it can ruin the look of your landscape. When the problem is more significant, erosion creates runoff that interferes with healthy waterways. Because perennials have more extensive, deeper roots, they serve as a soil stabilizer that holds valuable topsoil in place, ensuring that rainfall and other runoff will not carry the soil away.
Every plant has a place, but perennials are consistently more comfortable to use in the landscape. Their long life span provides many benefits that make them a better choice than annuals, with better weather tolerance, more benefits to the soil, better weed control, and more comfortable establishment and maintenance.