Gardening perennial plants

Backyard Perennial Garden

As you probably know, perennial plants can live for at least three years and reappear year after year, while annuals are planted and live for only one season. One of the best things about perennials is that with just a little extra care they grow bigger and better each year. Here are a few tips to keep them performing well.

  • When buying perennials look for fresh, healthy-looking plants that appear ready to grow. Choose plants that are a good size and have no obvious foliage diseases.
  • Water plants early in the morning to avoid losing water to evaporation.
  • Regular deadheading (cutting the faded flowers off your plants) encourages repeat blooming.
  • Prune off any dead tops in late winter or early spring.
  • Stake tall plants before they reach a height of 2 feet to prevent wind damage.
  • Many perennials will start to crowd themselves out if they get too big. Every three or four years (preferably in early spring and fall) dig the plants out of the ground and split them into smaller chunks.
  • If you have rich soil, simply adding compost on a regular basis should be enough to feed your plants. Poor soil requires a bit more help, and a general-purpose garden fertilizer can be beneficial in promoting growth.

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Summer Gardening: It’s almost never too late

Just because spring is over doesn’t mean you missed your chance to start or add more color to your garden or landscape. It may be too late to grow sweet peas, as they’re unlikely to survive during the summer, therefore it’s all about knowing which plants will work during the hot months. Below is a list of some beautiful plants that favor being planted in the summer.

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Aster:
Blooming in the late summer and fall, aster comes in a variety of bright colors including reds, pinks, purples, and blues to choose from. They’re low maintenance, love the sun, and perfect for garden beds and borders.

Large beardtongue / Penstemon grandiflorus
Beardtongue:
Also known as snapdragon and penstemon, is great for the hot summer. They can grow up to 3ft tall and they bloom around mid summer. This plant is great to have if you love hummingbirds too.

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Dahlia:
These sun-loving flowers bring real beauty into your garden around late summer and fall months, especially since they can come in such a diversity of colors, shapes, and sizes.

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Marigolds:
They’re easy to plant, easy to care for, and easy to love. They’re quick to grow in the sun, and you can choose for them to come in a few different, vibrantly warm colors. Adding some landscape lighting to them would make your garden glow extra bright at nighttime.

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Lavender:
Since they love the heat it makes them perfect for summer. Adding beautiful purply-blue tones to the garden, they’re easy to care for, and have other uses as well, like lavender tea. Also, they’re really great for the declining bee population. Plus, who can resist that lovely smell?

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Sunflowers:
These iconic flowers say summer like no other. Sunflowers are exceptionally great as they can withstand harsh dry summers. They also tend to grow fast as they do tall, so make sure you have enough vertical room for them to stretch in your landscape.

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Hibiscus:
Known for its tropical-ness, it’s another great option for your garden in the summer. They may take a little more maintenance than other summer options, but their blooms are worth it that you’ll want to make sure you show them off at night as well using directional lights.

How to Gain Monetary Benefits from a Beautifully Landscaped Home

Does your landscape design garner “ooohs” and “aahhhs” by all who grace its presence? If so, you may have already added significant value to your home. The value of a home is directly connected to its outdoor space as much as it is to its indoor living. In fact, in some buyers’ minds the curb appeal is even more important because it sets the stage for the first impression. If the first impression is less than favorable, not even a grand indoor environment may be enough to sway an unfavorable opinion.

We all know a beautiful landscape enhances a home, but what about a yard that is falling apart and unmaintained? It’s one thing to have a status quo curb appeal that is unappealing, but neat. But, it’s an entirely different animal to have a messy landscape that needs repairs and some TLC. In this case, your house will be valued lower than your neighbors even if your home is similar in size. And with a poorly maintained front lawn, no buyer will purchase your home unless you sell it for a steal.

Redesign

If you maintain your landscape but it is mundane and lifeless, add some key features to breathe life into it. A patio, porch or even an outdoor kitchen will increase the value of your home. If your budget is small, plant manicured shrubs or flowers near walkways, driveways, and around the perimeter of your home to add a little personality. A few trees will also add a touch of style to your home and make the entryway welcoming and one to remember.

Potential home buyers love outdoor spaces that provide the perfect backdrop for entertaining. They love BBQ’s, kitchens with beautiful countertops, patios, and fire pits. Any upgrades will enhance the home and make it more attractive to a buyer which increases the home’s value.

Be careful, though, not to spend more money than your location allows. If you spend a lot of money on high-end finishes but you live in a middle-class neighborhood, you may never get that money back because your neighborhood will determine the bulk of your home’s value. Upgrade your landscape but use the right materials for your location so you do not waste any money.

Repairs

If your landscape and front entrance needs repairs, do not redesign until you clean it up. Look for chipped paint on doorways and stairs, excessive dirt accumulation, broken fences, and any other feature that is in less-than-ideal condition. Once the repairs are complete, remove any shrub overgrowth and weed infestation. Clean the flower beds and prune trees that are blocking nice features. This clean slate will be ready for some redesign so it can be refreshed and add value to your home.

Repair first and redesign second to give your home landscape the tender loving care it deserves. If your budget is small, plan your projects over time and put a little money aside every month. Over time you will see the fruit of your labor and before long you will have that house that receives the accolades of onlookers passing by.