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Perennials are an excellent choice for those looking to add color to their garden. With so many varieties and different types of perennials, what colors they come in and the size of each plant. We will also touch on when these plants typically bloom and what you should consider when planting them.
Why Choose Warm Season Perennials Over Annuals?
Perennials are a popular choice for gardeners as they come back year after year, whereas annuals die in fall and must be replanted each spring. They both provide color and interest to the garden. There are many different perennials, each with its own set of characteristics. Choosing the best perennials for your flower garden can be challenging, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when narrowing down your options.
Finding a reputable nursery online is usually the best place to choose perennials. Bare root plants are much more cost-efficient than containerized plants, and buying bare-root plants also ships for much less. Choosing carefully a reputable nursery that guarantees to grow is essential, and finding dormant plants to ensure they will bloom that same season after you plant. When you order perennials online, it's also important to know that the company grows plants for your particular zone. Larger companies offer zone detection tools to show homeowners their selection of plants that will work in your particular zone.
Wildflowers are low-maintenance perennials for those without a green thumb, busy professionals who don't have a lot of time to maintain a flower garden, or those in drought areas. They also rebloom each season and have a long lifespan of 10+ years.
Are you an avid butterfly watcher? Or prefer hummingbirds to your gardens? Or do you perhaps have full sun or shaded areas in which you would like to plant perennials? There are some tremendous warm-season perennial favorites that attract both hummingbirds and monarchs, plus sun and shade areas:
Red Cardinal Flowers
Vinca Minor Periwinkle
Ground Elder (Bishops Weed)
Choose a very low ammonia fertilizer for your perennial plants that will make them produce bigger, bolder colored plants. The right fertilizer will also be a soil stabilizer and prevent diseases and bugs from damaging your plants. Novice and master gardeners claim that worm castings ls the highest quality, natural and organic way to fertilize your warm-season perennials for the ultimate results.
When temperatures reach near 74-80 degrees, you will begin to see your warm-season perennials sprout up from the soil's surface. It's time to reap your rewards with spring and summer season flowers. Some of the perennial choices rebloom all spring and summer seasons long, while others a limited to blooming only once or twice. Regardless of what type of perennials you choose, you will be rewarded with new blooms each spring and summer season every year. And with a long life cycle, you can enjoy them for many years to come.