Tips for Planting and Picking Perennials

It's no surprise that perennials are often touted as the most favored plant in the garden. A perennial pleases just about every garden enthusiast for its yearly blooming ability. And unlike annuals and biannuals, you plant perennials one time and they bloom year after year with minimal maintenance. Plus, they come in a plethora of colors, shapes and sizes to add drama to your yard. There's less labor for you and more time to enjoy the beautiful foliage. 
Many perennials bloom at different times so you can enjoy a colorful garden each season. Despite perennial popularity, people shy away from planting them; they don't know where to start, some say there are too many options - daylily, peony, hosta, violet and fern, to name a few - and others don't know where to plant them.


Tips & Tricks

Take the pain out of perennial planting and become a pro by following these tips on planting and picking to enjoy a flourishing scene of perennial blooms, season after season. 
Determine where to plant. Is the location shady or does it get full sun? Many perennials are better suited for one or the other. Choose an area before you buy.
Make sure your soil is good. Healthy soil produces a healthy plant. Ensure your dirt is enriched with nutrients and can accommodate plants with various moisture needs. Some perennials, such as lavender, prefer good drainage while other plants manage with less water.
Consider the annual temperature. Perennials are inactive during the winter. However, they can still be impacted by harsh, cold weather. Make sure your plants can bear brutal temperatures. 
Decide what kind of perennials to plant. Perennial characteristics are endless. Before you buy, consider the type of plant you want. Do you prefer low-maintenance plants that require less water than others? Do you want to attract certain birds? Or grow plants with specific greenery and flowers? If you're unsure what will work in your yard, consult with a local garden center expert. Or survey your neighborhood to see what grows best in your area.
Take care of your plants. When perennials are active, maintain the plants regularly to ensure a strong garden. Fertilize in the spring and mulch with an organic mix. After flowers bloom, carefully remove dry flowers with a pruner just above the leaf or bud. Pull weeds often and water as needed. Before winter, trim perennials about a foot from the ground. This technique helps give plants protection from cold weather.