Featured Plant of the Month: Perennials

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Featured Plant of the Month: Perennials

If you are a novice gardener, fear not. Perennials are your go-tos. These flowers are beautiful, easy plants that require little maintenance yet still bloom beautifully. Best of all, they come back year after year! You might even already have some blooming around your house as they are found in almost every yard. So, if you’re looking for to spruce up your garden with a dependable plant that comes in a variety of colors and forms, look no further than the perennial. Perennials are replanted each spring and easily enough, re-grow from the same roots for years to follow. They’re versatile: use them in whole garden beds, as accents, or even grow them in containers and windowboxes. Often they are accompanied by woody plants such as shrubs, roses, and trees. Things can get a bit confusing with perennials for the sole fact that there are so many different species and each has a different lifespan and bloom time. Our advice? Pick a perennial species and purchase a gardening book to help walk you through planting that specific species. We are going to focus on the blanket flower because they have a long season of bloom and look beautiful.

Blanket Flowers: If you want that picturesque colorful garden with monarch butterflies flying around, plant some blanket flowers. When planting blanket flowers, pick a site that has full sun exposure and well-drained soil. Because you can purchase these in containers, they can realistically be planted throughout any season, but spring and summer are ideal. Prep the soil, mix in a layer of compost, and dig a hole about double the diameter of the potted plant. Carefully remove the plant, and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the surface. Fill in, firm the soil, and water gently. Viola!

Maintaining Your Perennials: Fertilize: Usually perennials do well with one spring application of a low-nitrogen, high-phosphorus fertilizer. Water: If you live in dryer climates, water deeply. If you do not live in quite as arid a climate, you may not even have to water at all as long as your plants are well mulched. Mulch: Because mulch helps retain moisture, it’s important to get a type that is functional and aesthetically pleasing. Look for finely textured mulches to do the trick. Deadhead: Remove any spent flowers to prevent them from expending energy on seed production as well as hindering the beauty of your garden. If you have further questions about planting your perennials, consult a book or expert gardener for tips and tricks. Remember, the best advice for planting new flowers or creating your ideal garden is to plan. Make sure you have all the necessary materials and the ideal site to best fertilize and bloom your plants. Once your perennials take shape, you’ll love your beautiful, colorful new garden space!

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