Getting Started With Perennial Gardening
Many gardeners prefer to use a mixture of plants, perhaps using herbs and flowers in the same design. If you use this approach, however, it is important to know the plants that you will choose. Not every herb is suitable for every garden, of course, but the decision itself often boils down to a matter of taste and a willingness to experiment.
For most radically new gardens, annuals are probably the best bet. They provide structure and color very quickly and, unlike perennials, are not very demanding. However, they are also not as easy to grow. Annuals are those that are planted each year without regard to their lifespan – sun, water, fertilizer, and all that other stuff. Perhaps, in some cases, a season or two of edging is needed before the annuals are actually fully established, but that is infrequent and usually well worth it. Perennial
Many annuals are nearly always wasted time. Too often, annuals are planted too late, and the bulbs just sit there, waiting for the next opportunity to flower. However, there are actually a number of annuals that will definitely offer reward in the months where nothing else blooms. Some of these are actually truly spectacular. Perennial
The favorite type of early dwarf tulips is misshapen or “high-hanging” tulips. These will most often flower in April or May just when the garden is beginning to warm up. I’ve seen some gardeners who actually prefer these types of tulips believe they’ve found the jackpot. Of course, this is also premature perfection, as most tulip varieties are still rather lumpy and their flowers are often numerous but smaller and very disappointing.
Most horticulturists and growers suggest that growers delay the introduction of these final trimmings until well into the autumn, once they’ve seen how good the bulbs have become. The later they are planted, the more likely that those bulbs will fail to open.
Dwarf hybrid long-worms are also a good buy. notionally, these long-worm hybrids are a poor forest soil companion, as they are slow to establish and often have smaller blooms than other early daffodils. Nevertheless, they are firm and work well in a woodland setting, and can often be had free from the greenery of a more advanced woodland garden. There are also a number of yellow long-worms that are suitable for woodland conditions; these bright yellow beauties will typically bloom in May.
A possible third option is to combine the medium and short-worm hybrids. These beautiful beauties are, again, a poor forest soil companion, and are best looked upon as woodland plants. As with the first two groups, they can be given a trial run at planting in the bare spring soil, as well as being used as a spring interior. Perennial
Once things have warmed up a bit, try sprawling a few of these beauties into loose and unplanted areas throughout the garden. They’ll need a bit more horticultural love than they initially expected, but ultimately this group of tulips will prove to be a strong force to reckon with. Perennial
Finally, there are the Greeneries andights that are ripe for picking. Vitamin B3, carotene, iron and silica are all Greeneries, and are all-important for a healthy heart. Nitrates, manganese and selenium are just as doubles for healthier vision. Taking an entire day to consider the advantages of the various flowers and add to your garden’s rich palette should not squash your other plant and flower favorites. Instead, plant a few of each group and enjoy the results all summer long! Perennial