Aperennialis an ornamental plant that does not die after the first season of growth. Theseplantsdo not live forever, but because of the fact that they self-seed readily, they live longer. Aperennialdoes not grow in all the areas and if you decide to plant it in your garden, make sure the zone will allow the plant to grow.
Generally aperenniallives more than two years. The plant, which has a natural life cycle, is calledbiennial. In case it grows for a year or even less, it is called anannual. So what areperennials? These are the majority of trees and shrubs. If we’re speaking about gardens, these are theplantsthat live for a few years and include Delphiniums, Lupins, Sedums, Daisies, Yellow Alyssum, and others.
The tendency of such flowers is to die in winter, but to regrow the next spring. Some of them are calledevergreenand they don’t die in winter. Those, which die, are calledherbaceous. They hide from cold weather as they are very sensible.
Gardeners know that many flowers die and regrow, but they do not take them forperennials, because these are new seeds, not more.
There is a group of flowers that will live from year to year if a gardener protects them in winter tender(half hardy). The example of theseplantsis Dahlias. They are dug up in autumn, dried off and are kept in a greenhouse or a garage. Being looked after in this way, these flowers are going to live for many years.
A good garden is a mix of different flowers, andperennialsare considered to be the favorites because of many blooming seasons and reliability. They are also used for adding color to shrubbery and for filling out gardens. In very rare cases theseplantscan bloom forever.
The most commonperennialsare shrub roses and snapdragons, Shasta daisies, baby’s breath, black-eyed Susans, peonies (pink, red and white), lilacs, azaleas, hydrangeas, etc. To choose a goodperennialyou are to look for lively looking and fresh species that are ready to grow. Some of them can be root-bound in pots, and it makes the transfer to your garden really hard, but their main characteristic feature is that they bounce back very quickly. If you see aperennialwith a broken stem or a bent leave, you should understand that the flower could have been damaged during the shipping, but after you transfer the plant into your garden, you’ll see how beautiful it is.
How To Grow APerennial?
If you decide to buy aperennial, you should consider the amount of the sunlight your garden receives and get to know more about the type of the soil you’re going to work with. Some flowers need more sun and feel better being in moist and deep soil. If your garden is a sunny place, you should think of planting Persian cornflowers and Japanese iris, garden chrysanthemum and thread leaf coreopsis, as these flowers are blooming very well.
Choosing flowers for shady places, you should consider buying purple dragon and bleeding hearts; Camelot rose will also be a good choice.
There is nothing special in basic care of yourperennials. You need to water them in the morning, because this is the time, when the day is in its coolest. Mulch the soil in order to prevent loss of moisture; you can weed the garden, thus preventing your flowers from stealing the nutrients from the dead-head and the soil. Removing dead flowers you will encourage the bloom.
Species should be divided, because they lose their vigor after two years. When it happens, you should replace these flowers or divide them. Specialists say you should divide yourperennialeven if it is in its best. Healthy pieces of theperennialcan be replanted.
Aperennialprovides your garden with color and beauty all year long. With an enormous variety of theseplantsyou can choose the one that can change its color even in winter.