Supplement smaller beds with annual flowers to
spread the color throughout the season. For early color in a
mid-summer garden, plant spring flowering bulbs like Daffodils
A larger bed that has some depth can give you displays of
color all season long. The best way to learn perennials is by
trial and error. Throw a bunch in the ground and move them
around to get the effect you want! If this doesn’t work for
you, consider a garden design plan.
A person with a horticultural background and specifically
someone with perennial experience, knows a lot of details like
hot and cool colors, heights, textures and sun/moisture
requirements. Did you ever consider that two different shades
of red will “fight”?
If you’re just starting out, there are some perennials like
Salvia and Rudbekia that you cannot lose with-they make anybody
look good! There are some more finicky types like Delphinium
and Columbine that show the true marks of a master gardener
when they thrive. Almost all perennials prefer loose, well
drained soil with adequate moisture. Condition the soil with
compost or cow manure and bone meal.
Bark mulch is not friendly to perennial beds. It dries and
forms a crust that prevents the perennials from spreading. This
unfortunately means you’ll be doing some periodic weeding until
the perennial bed fills in. But the results will be well worth
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