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.

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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.