Perennials are a low maintenance choice for beds and borders. You can plant them once and they come back year after year. I am here to tell you about six easy steps for growing a great perennial garden.
The first step is to choose a nice open location. There are perennials that can go in full sun and those that can take full shade. The second step is to actually sketch out a plan. You just want a plan so that you kind of have a guideline to follow whether you’re planting up by the curb or you’re planting over by the front door.
Step three is you want to choose your plants. You want to pick some that have varying height to them. That gives more excitement to your garden. You need some taller plants. Taller plants give you a vertical element and add drama to the garden. So you’re looking at things like weed, perennial sunflowers and also the rugosa roses and other types roses. Then you have that medium-tier level, where you’re talking about things like cone flowers, ornamental grasses. Coreopsis really fills in and gives you a nice space. Finally, you have the smaller plants. Those are the ones for the front and also for use as edging. Combining those three heights gives your garden a lot of interest. To offer you more choices, we have various types of perennial plant seeds.
Step four is to dig the soil and amend it. You turn the soil just to make sure it’s easy to plant in and amend it with rich compost. The compost not only improves drainage and texture, it also feeds the soil. So having done that, now we’re just going to rake it out smooth around the irrigation system. Choosing the right irrigation supplies can save you money and time.
Step five is to place the plants and begin to plant them. Now you don’t want to crowd the plants. You’ve got to be sure to give them plenty of space. Remember that perennials are going to get larger every year. So you want to put them down and give them enough space so that in two to three years, they’ve still got plenty of room.
Step six is to mulch your plants. The mulch does a lot of things. It’s going to help conserve the moisture. It’s also going to suppress weeds and design-wise. It brings a unifying look to the whole garden. Spread it out. Be sure not to cover up the crown of the plant. You plant a perennial garden one afternoon and you’ll enjoy it for many years to come.