An attractive garden with carefully chosen plants and a nice layout can provide pleasure all year round. Whether it is the height of summer or the deepest winter, your garden can provide a respite from the world around you, meaning all of the time you put into looking after it is sure to come back to you tenfold. By using a blend of different plants, you can ensure that there’s always something to be enjoyed in your garden. Perennials are the ideal choice for those hoping to keep some life and variety in their garden from late autumn to early spring and looking after these versatile plants is far easier than you might think.
Another reason for the prevailing popularity of perennials is their hardy and self-sufficient nature, making them especially attractive to gardeners with limited time on their hands. When you’re thinking of adding perennials to your garden, the first thing to do is think about the climate and conditions. You’ll need to make sure you chose the appropriate plants for your climate if you want them to flourish. To the same ends, it’s important to spend a good while thinking about where in your garden you plan to plant your perennials and choose your plants accordingly.
When transferring your perennials to their new homes, make sure you don’t plant them any deeper than they were in their containers and that they have enough space around them to grow into – having already checked the way in which you expect them to grow. You’ll also want to mulch the plants and place a few inches of organic compost around them to discourage weeds and keep them nourished as they are getting established in your garden. You’ll also need to water your new plants thoroughly for their first summer.
Once you have your perennials in place and flourishing, you’ll need to keep an eye on them if you want to enjoy the best results – although these plants do need far less looking after than many other types. In late autumn or early spring however, it’s a good idea to cut back any old stems and flowers and spring is also the best time to fertilize perennials that need yearly fertilizing. When you have hot dry summers with little rainfall, it’s also a good idea to water your perennials weekly to keep them in top condition. With just small amounts of love and attention like these, you’ll be able to enjoy your perennials and garden for years to come.