Perennial gardens are a beautiful addition to any yard. Here are a few tips to keep your beds in tip top shape:
- Fertilizing should start once the frost is out of the ground and the plants have started to grow above the ground. Continue fertilizing through the growing season and stop in late July.
- Deadheading spent blooms will encourage a bushier plant and more flower buds.
- When you are buying potted perennials, remember that just because it is flowering at the time of purchase does not mean that it will flower the same time next season. Read the tag or do your research before heading out to the nursery.
- When you are planting, be sure to follow the recommended spacing. If you cram together your perennials you will have to divide them much sooner than necessary. Proper spacing also helps to increase circulation, which helps to prevent fungus and disease in your perennial beds.
- Don’t be afraid to mix all types of plants. Perennials, shrubs and annuals look great together. Shrubs provide structure all year, perennials add interest with their blooms and foliage, and annuals add color until late fall.
Stay tuned for tips on dividing your perennials!