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Gardening enthusiasts enjoy vibrant flowering plants that turn their property into a masterpiece. But planting flower beds from scratch each year can become tedious and too labor-intensive to relax and peacefully enjoy the landscape. Home gardeners quickly discover that perennials form a base from which they can integrate a few annuals each year. This balanced approach allows everyday people to enjoy green-thumb activities while watching perennials flourish and bloom without excessive work.
While homeowners enjoy the results of their flower beds, perennials also deliver a wide range of benefits that few realize. Through a better understanding of the role perennials play and some popular choices, we hope you can make informed decisions about planting perennials this season.
Benefits of Planting Perennials in Home Gardens
Experienced gardeners typically prefer perennials because they produce beautiful flowers. Some bloom for relatively short periods of up to three weeks. Other perennials can hold their color or re-bloom throughout the warm weather. Even when they are not in full bloom, homeowners can anticipate lush greenery from spring through early fall. These rank among the benefits that tend to fly under the gardening radar.
- Soil Composition: The root system developed by perennials helps improve soil structure and resists erosion from heavy rains and flooding. The roots of perennials also include spaces for water to filter through, percolate, and promote aeration. This process increases soil health for other plants to thrive as well.
- Soil Nutrients: Perennials enjoy a deeper root system than annuals. As roots dive, they access nutrients and retrieve them to the surface.
- Ground Cover: When cold weather creeps in, perennials die back. During this period, they form a type of cover crop that helps protect the land from erratic weather patterns.
Perennials also present as a tremendous asset because they propagate year-over-year. Some varieties can fill out a designated garden after purchasing only a few starter plants. Many home gardeners discover they can transplant new perennials and develop other areas of their property. In essence, cost-effectiveness remains a key benefit.
Popular Perennials for Home Gardens
Property owners typically like the fact perennials do not necessarily require mulching, composting, and remain among the low-maintenance assets. That being said, the following rank among the more popular perennials.
- Black-Eyed Susan: This native wildflower thrives in full sun and handles even average soil conditions and drought reasonably well. Showcasing yellow-orange petals with dark brown centers, it blooms from June through September in many areas and reaches heights of three feet.
- Daisy: Producing lovely white petals with golden centers, the Daisy typically requires full sun and well-drained soil conditions. This perennial makes a good companion to many others. However, the 3-foot perennial can overtake gardens unless thinned.
- Daylily: Reaching heights of four feet, the Daylily infuses bold colors into any home garden. This tall perennial can be employed to line fences or as a standalone. It prefers rich, well-drained soil conditions.
These popular flowering plants highlight the reasons why home gardeners select healthy and hardy perennials to complete gardens and landscapes. We offer a complete inventory of perennials. Contact our nursery to place an order or answer any questions about perennials.