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Tips For Growing Perennials

If you want flowers that come back year after year, then you might consider growing perennials in your garden.  These plants can be readily found at your local nursery and, unlike annuals, they stay dormant in winter and then come back in spring.

Many people like perennials because you don’t have to buy them year after year, but they do have a short blooming period so will not add color to your garden all season.  One thing that is handy about them is that they will propagate so that you will have more and more plants over time.

Since perennials do grow in number, it is inevitable that you will need to divide and move them if you find them taking over an area of your garden.  When moving these thes plants you must be gentle as they can easily be damaged. Try to be as caring as possible when transferring from one place to another. After you have transplanted them, be sure to keep the soil around them moist for the first week.

When you transplant perennials, make sure you do it after they have bloomed.  If you find there are any shoots or blossoms on the plant, they need to be taken off the plant. If you leave these on the plants they will require food and the plant will have a difficult time establishing it’s root system in it’s  new home. You will allow the plant to grow properly if you do this small chore.

There are all kinds of perennials. Wildflowers are perennials as are most herbs.  Some flowers are perennials in warmer climates and annuals in colder climates.  This is because the warmer climates allow them to grow all year, but the frost in the north kills them off.

Some popular perennials include aster, bee balm, campanula, coreopsis, hollyhocks, peony, coneflower, lily of the valley and foxglove.  Perennials do not need much care and they aren’t as finicky as annuals.  If you buy perennials that are suited to your zone then you really don’t need to do any extra watering.  Using fertilizer is always a good idea, just make sure you get the appropriate kind for your plant.

Mulching perennials in the winter can be a very good idea. I have found that wood chips have a great insulating property. It keeps the ground from freezing when hard wintry winds can cause damage to the more delicate perennials. Of course, there are plants which are stronger than others but, some may need a bit of extra care over the winter.

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