Just as with Annuals, Perennials are another beautiful, colorful flower with lots of diversity that make them a great addition to most any garden design. Perennials will bloom each year, for a few years, even after a bitter winter cold. For this reason, they are an easy to take care of, dependable, and beautiful flower that can be an easy way to start on your path to enjoying gardening as a hobby or to decorate your home and property. Additionally, there are many different types of Perennials, and they include types like peonies, aster, English lavender, and many others.
Perennials are not as picky as some others with how they’re planted. As with Annuals, they do not need to stay confined to a terracotta pot. However, in most cases, they will be planted in a rectangular bed or in a “floating” bed. A rectangular bed is sometimes a border next to the home or if it’s not contained, it could be a natural shade border around the lawn in the backyard. A floating bed is placed in the middle or on the side as a sort of focal feature.
What sort of soil should the Perennials be planted in? There are many different types of Perennials, but generally the soil should be well drained so there is no build up of water around the Perennials, including plant matter and compost if available, and covered with mulch to conserve water and keep the soil cool and a good temperature for the flowers to thrive. Perennials do best with a fair amount of water a week, taking care to make sure that the soil is not dry but not soaking. They may benefit from a boost with a liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks, daylilies and clematis especially (during July).
To prevent overcrowding and poor conditions, it’s important to divide and deadhead your Perennials. Deadhead as needed to prevent your Perennials from wasting nutrients and energy and to encourage new blooms. You should divide your Perennials when you begin to reach midway through their third year, give or take a few months in either direction to make sure that you are dividing in Spring or Fall. Do not divide in overly hot or cold climates as the Perennial will not have time to acclimate to the soil. Obviously there are a few exceptions to the rule that you should divide, and at Wittendale’s Florist we can answer any specific questions that you have about your Perennials.
Watch for insects on your Perennials. Aphids will be seen first on new growth. These critters are not good for your Perennials, and you should treat at the first signs of the Aphid population to control because they multiply quickly and can cause a lot of damage. Remember to try not to water the foliage of your Perennials as well as this can cause rot and disease.
If you still have questions about Perennials, give Wittendale’s Florist a call! We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about your Perennials, and we are happy to work with you on design and care of your Perennials. Give us a call today and get started on your very own Perennial garden.