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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 or Tulips.

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 the effort!







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