For people who love flowers, there is no greater joy than taking even the smallest patch of ground and coaxing a beautiful flower to grow. And gardening is quite addictive. You may start with a small pot of petunias, and before you know it, you’ve replaced half the lawn with a vegetable garden or a fruit orchard!
One of the particular joys of gardening is the sense that certain plants are old friends who come to visit every year. These are perennials, plants that die to the ground in the winter, re-emerging in the spring to bloom at different periods throughout the growing season. Some perennials are early bloomers, like hellebores and bleeding hearts. Some are summer stalwarts like daylilies and Russian sage. Others are autumn all-stars like asters and ornamental grasses.
The ultimate goal of a perennial garden is the ongoing flow of plants from season to season. This flow can consist of flower color, foliage color, plant texture, plant shape, plant size or any other desirable ornamental feature.
There aren’t many rules when it comes to working with perennials, just general things to remember:
Perennial gardening to fun and easy - even for beginners! Take a wander through the internet or your local garden store, and just plant something. You’ll be amazed how much fun it is.