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Choosing the Right Kind of Perennials

Perennial plants are quite adaptable and have a long lifespan as compared to the annual and biennial plants. 

Some perennials can survive for decades if maintained correctly, so it is crucial to make the right choice to ensure that your plants thrive well.

There are several factors that can affect the lifespan of your perennial plants:

Climatic conditions, location, and soil can impact the growth and development of the plants. While choosing the right kind of plants, it is important to keep these factors in mind as they are crucial to your garden’s success.


—Climate and temperature of your area are key factors for choosing the correct plants for your garden. You can visit the local nursery and seek suggestions from them. They can help you to identify and choose the plants that can thrive in your garden. The information is also available on the internet and several books about specific perennial plants. The USDA plant hardiness zone can further help you in analyzing the temperature of your area, and you can choose the plants accordingly. Some of the perennial plants can tolerate hot and humid weather while some can tolerate extreme cold climatic conditions. If you make the right choice, the plants will have more chances of survival and growth.


—Most of the perennial plants prefer rich and well-drained soil that is neutral or slightly acidic. However, there are specific varieties that are drought resistant or can grow well in wet soil. Plants like Lavender, Bluestar, Butterfly weed, Sundrop and Russian Sage can tolerate dry soil. There are some varieties that can be grown in the wet soil like Spiderwort, Cardinal flower, Swamp Hibiscus and Virginia bluebells.

Planting location and Landscape

—The garden area and landscape can also contribute towards selecting the best perennials. If you are planning to grow them in the shade, then shade tolerant varieties should be chosen. Plants like Hosta, Bellflower, Bergenia, and Clematis are shade tolerant plants that can survive in full to partial shade. Taller varieties of ferns and ornamental grasses are great if you are planning to grow them in the background. They will stand out and adorn the garden bed when matched with other smaller border plants grown in front.

These are some the key factors that can help you in purchasing the best quality perennial plants for your garden. You can even shop for plants of a specific color or texture if you have a color theme for your garden.

Source to Buy a Wide Variety of Perennial Plants: tnnursery.net


Bellflower - Merry Bells - TN Nursery

Bellflower - Merry Bells

Bellflower plant has blossoms that resemble small, graceful bells, which give them their endearing nickname, "merry bells." These bell-shaped flowers gracefully dangle from slender stems, swaying gently in the breeze, adding a touch of elegance to the landscape. Bellflower - Merry Bells Bellflower (Uvularia grandiflora), also known as merrybells and large-flowered bellwort, is a yellow woodland flower that is native to eastern North America. As one of the first wildflowers to come forth in spring, this long-lived perennial usually blooms in April and May. Natural Habitat Of Bellflower - Merry Bells They are often found in deciduous woodlands and forests in western New England, as well as in the South and Midwest. They generally grow on wooded slopes and riverbanks, under trees, and near shady seeps. When seen in the wild, they signal that most of the surrounding ground flora is original and intact. Bellflower - Merry Bells Appearance The hanging flowers and leaves are heavy enough to give the plant a languid look. Plants grow 10"–18" tall with arching, sword-shaped leaves and single or branched stems. As the plant matures, the single stems divide into two to three flowering side stems that produce one gently scented, bell-shaped flower each. The flowers are about 1 ½ inches long, with six twisted, flared, overlapping tepals per bloom. After about two weeks, a three-cornered seed capsule takes the place of the wilted blooms, and the plant will begin to stand up straighter as bluish-green perfoliate leaves emerge. Bellflower - Merry Bells in Gardens It is a shade-loving plant that is well-suited to manicured borders and flower beds, woodland gardens, and naturalistic landscapes. Gardeners often pair it with hostas, ferns, and other wildflowers. It can also be grown among the foliage of ground covers like vinca and phlox. The plants rise from short, fleshy, fibrous rhizomes. They sometimes form colonies but rarely need to be divided. You can propagate them by planting their moist seeds or seedlings or by separating and moving clumps in the fall. Ecology Of Bellflower - Merry Bells They offer nectar to bumblebees, halictid bees, mason bees, and other bees that collect pollen as they move from flower to flower. Deer also loves eating these plants. Ants also gain nourishment from the seeds, which they redistribute in the surrounding habitat by carrying them away from the plant. Bellflowers Make a Beautiful Addition to Your Landscape If you want to bring more bees to your garden and give it a soft, natural, and romantic look, consider planting a few under your trees so you can enjoy delightful greenery that lasts all summer.

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