Basics Of Perennials

Gardening with perennials can be made easy. Here are some basic facts to help familiarize you with perennials.

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A perennial is a plant that can live for many years, certainly more than five. Usually it will die down to the rootstock in the fall, come up again in the spring and will bring forth flowers yearly. I wouldn't think the average gardener considers the origin of his plants, yet, it is worthwhile to do so.

Have you been perhaps in one of the plains states and noticed Phlox and other perennials growing wild on the midwestern prairies of North America? They are closely surrounded by other plants and perhaps you noticed the beauty of these perennials and thought you might plant them in your own yard or garden. Sometimes a thick layer of stems and roots of various grasses will form an insulating cover over the shallow roots of the perennials, sheltering them against the sun.

They like to grow in places that are moist in the spring and never excessively dry in the summer.

These facts are really significant in the growing of perennials. A soil that is rich in humus, a summer mulcharound the plants, regular and thorough watering during dry periods and no hoeing, which could injure the shallow roots is what these plants need to survive and thrive and produce beautiful flowers for many years.

Did you know that garden perennials are of divers origins?: some come from rocky mountain tops, others from swamps or lowland lake shores, some from the hot prairies or from the fringes of the desert, they all come together from different soils, climates, etc. There is no garden condition, no matter how unfavorable, in which a perennial cannot be made to thrive. Now we can't know how far they will tolerate certain conditions but with care and moisture they will thrive. If you live in a region with abundant rainfall, you'll need good drainage.

Proper treatments of these perennials may vary according to your soil, location and exposure to the sun.

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