Working families make decisions that involve quality of life experiences and money management. Setting aside resources for retirement, home improvements, and unanticipated expenses can put a strain on the ability to improve your property. It’s no secret that purchasing annuals every spring adds impermanent beauty while promoting repeat spending. Such landscaping practices are akin to flushing hard-earned wages down the drain.
That’s largely why so many homeowners transition to flowering perennial plants and other mainstays. These assets reliably bloom each year with only modest effort. Home gardeners tasked with a bit of weeding and thinning perennials typically feel satisfied they have cultivated robust and cost-effective flower beds.
But what if you had the knowledge to take that philosophy one step further? What if you could transform the property from inefficient annuals and standalone perennials to a thriving landscape of colorful blooms without spending a nickel after the initial investment? These are ways homeowners can maximize the peaceful enjoyment of their property with a one-time investment.
How To Select Perennial Plants That Deliver Enhanced Benefits
For the purposes of making informed decisions about perennial plant purchases, it may prove valuable to consider them in three groups — standalones, moderate spreaders, and fast-spreaders. These are not necessarily expert horticulture terms, but they shine a spotlight on a possible return in investment (ROI).
- Standalone perennials are those that generally do not spread and expand their garden footprint easily. Some present large, attractive blooms that draw the attention of passersby. These include beautiful plants such as the Daylily, Yarrow, and others. While gardens benefit from their eye-catching beauty, they generally won’t fill out a bed on their own easily.
- Moderate spreaders generally include Echinacea, Trillium, Wisteria, Phlox, and others that increase their footprint incrementally year-over-year. Again, these remain wonderful garden assets that provide valuable property enhancement. But in terms of maximum bang for your buck, it’s a slow but sure process.
- Fast-spreaders may include the Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan, Wild Aster, and creepers such as the fragrant Honeysuckle. These perennial plants expand their footprint voraciously year after year. Flowers such as the Black-Eyed Susan seem to exponentially thrive as their annual spread increases. These aggressive perennials can take over flower beds that include standalone and moderate spreaders unless thinned annually.
That’s why experienced backyard gardeners often relegate them to specific areas. Many improve their ROI by employing strategies that involve giving Daisies and Black-Eyed Susans their own ground to run roughshod over. Homeowners can simply purchase a reasonable number of plants and space them out, knowing the vacant ground will see new perennials each year without spending another dime. Once fast-spreaders complete their takeover, all you have to do is water them.
How To Manage Fast-Spreading Perennial Plants
One caveat that family gardeners may want to consider involves how dedicated you are to a single perennial in one area. Many fast-spreading assets can be easily dug up and transplanted to other areas of your property to start new perennial gardens. But the Iris and Daffodil can harden their defenses to the point they seem like impenetrable objects.
The relatively fast-spreading Iris accumulates land by expanding its root perimeter underground. This runs contrary to others in its class that drop seeds and let rain and nature take their course. The rhizomes, which some consider their stem or root, creep under the surface. Few would disagree that the Iris ranks among the more fetching flowers in any garden. But its spreading technique creates a sometimes rock-hard layer just below the soil.
Iris beds require thinning every 3-5 years to ensure their mole-like activities don’t become impenetrable or negatively impact the plants. So aggressive is the Iris root system that it can affect nutrients flowing into the soil. Although the Iris delivers excellent ROI, gardeners may need to invest in sweat equity.
To a lesser degree, early-blooming perennials such as Daffodils increase their bulb expansion underground. If left unattended, they can also become exceedingly difficult to thin or remove. The key point is that fast-spreading flowering perennials can fill out gardens and spaces quickly. However, understanding some subtle differences helps working families make informed decisions about selecting the best cost-effective plants.
Ask A Perennial Plant Nursery Professional
There are seemingly countless perennial plants that succeed in residential and commercial landscapes. Knowing which deliver the best ROI and robust color people desire often proves challenging. That’s why the experienced professionals at our TN nursery are available to answer questions about perennials about the complete inventory. If you are weighing cost-effective options or would like to place an order, contact us today.