The first thing to consider is what type of plants is desired in the flower garden. Annuals are brilliant in color no doubt, but they have a short life span and only live one season and must be replanted every year. Bi-Annuals live for 2 or 3 season and also as annuals die back after blooming. Perennials, on the other hand, have added benefits in the garden, like living for decades and returning every spring without having to be taken up for areas that have harsh winter weather.
Perennials come in bulb or rhizome form. Most perennials bloom in the first 3-5 years of age and continue to flourish throughout their decade or more life-span. Some live longer than others, for example, Siberian iris and other types of plants in this family of flowering favorites lives for 20+ years, whereas daylilies and other type bulbs live for at least ten years.
The livelihood of any plant depends on some specific factors, such as where the plants will be planted, the fertility of the soil, the care is given and maintenance given to them and last but not least, if they are hardy plants to be planted in specific zones.
One thing I have noticed when shopping at Tn Nursery is their online store has a plant finder. It's a GeoZone locator tool that picks up one's growing zone from an IP address validator. After you go to their site, and it tells you what zone you are in, then there is a menu to "select specific plants for your zone." This is a fantastic tool, and I am sure it's been well worth the effort of this online nursery installing it for the easy and benefits of their customers.
Some great types of easy growing shade perennials include the Virginia Blue Bells, also known to some as cowslip plants. Columbine is an excellent plant for shade and love well-drained soils. Last but not least are trillium species. These are all well-loved shade perennials that thrive in lots of drained and also dry areas in landscaping.
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