Successful perennial flower gardening for beginners comes down to two main points. Proper site planning and proper plant selection of plants that do well in your area. After you get these basics right, you can then start to learn more about pruning, dead-heading, pinching, fertilizing and all the other activities that go on during the year in a perennial garden. But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with the basics I first planning and plant selection.
The very first step in planning your perennial garden is to decide how much time you want to spend maintaining it. Perennials, by there very nature, require some maintenance from time to time. So, decide whether you want to spend 30 minutes or 30 hours a month working in your garden before you go any further.
If you don’t want to spend much time maintaining your garden, stay away from plants that have to be pruned and sprayed a lot such as roses. But, on the other hand, if roses are a “must have” for you, check-out the variety called Knock-out rose which requires less spraying. Talking with those who work at your local garden center about high-maintenance and low-maintenance perennials is helpful at this planning stage.
You will also need to look at site conditions such as the amount of sun or shade your future site has, what type of soil it has, whether the site gets a lot of wind, if it’s next to any buildings or structures, and even if there is competition from tree roots. Keeping these things in mind now will save you time and money in the future.
The next step in perennial flower gardening for beginners is plant selection. Once again the garden center in your area will be able to …Read More