In case you did not know, perennials are plants that survive for a number of years and for whom the process from seed to flower often takes two or more years.
Perennial flower beds are experiencing an increase in popularity because they require less pesticide, take less maintenance and use less water than annuals.
Gardeners enjoy watching perennial flower beds change through the seasons and witnessing the life stages of the plants, as opposed to annuals whose life cycle is far shorter, requiring attention every year.
The Surprise Factor
The fun thing about perennial flower beds is that they seem to become dormant for part of the year, and then, seemingly miraculously, return to life the ensuing season thanks to their underground systems of bulbs, stems or roots.
On the other hand, their flowering season is comparatively shorter than their annual counterparts, but clever gardeners can use this to advantage to add an element of colorful surprise to their year-round display.
Mix and Match
Often, perennial flower beds will be established after much planning and careful consideration. Because they will remain in place for an extended period of time, it is worthwhile thinking them out appropriately and not just placing them haphazardly in the ground.
It is a good idea to intersperse the perennial plants with annuals so that the perennials will create a temporary accent or highlight to the garden that is otherwise taken up by long-lasting shrubs or trees.
Design with Due Consideration
When designing your garden, you will place favorite features such as trellises, arbors, ponds and fences just where you want them and consider them permanent. But you should always consider where you will install your perennial flower beds because even though their most impressive appearances will come and go, you still want them to enjoy pride of place during their finest hours.
Time things right
Your perennial flower beds can come to life in the order you choose, if you select the flowering seasons appropriately. If you are not sure what to plant, ask your plant nursery for advice and they may even have a calendar that shows the various dormant and blossoming times of your favorite flowers. That will be a huge help in planning what to plant, where and when.
Since most perennial flowers bloom for around three to four weeks on average, with the correct planning you can have flowers on display through each season.
Sometimes perennial flower beds can be invaded by turf grass. To prevent this, create a barrier or separation strip around your beds. Use pavers, bark, wood chips, bricks or even bare ground to discourage the unattractive grass from creeping in and spoiling your beautiful garden.
Don’t be discouraged if you are new to gardening and your perennial flower beds don’t thrive or behave in the way you had hoped. They do take some practice and by reading up on the topic, you can learn a lot more about the art of perennials and for that matter, seasonal planting on the whole.