How To Successfully Grow Perennials

How To Successfully Grow Perennials

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 28, 2016

How To Grow Perennials Successfully

Perennials are plants that come back year after year, sometimes for decades. The flowers are generally not as showy as those of annuals, which only last a year. They're prized because of their sturdiness, varieties of their colors, and the shapes of their leaves and blooms. Most are also easy to grow and don't need too much pampering. These plants often make up herbaceous borders in a garden. Different sorts of perennials include Virginia bluebells, larkspur, mayapple, and black cohosh. Perennials can have very different requirements for sunlight, climate, soil conditions, and water.

Virginia bluebells are plants that have beautiful, blue, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in spring. They're found in the eastern woodlands of North America and have round, gray-green leaves. Virginia bluebells are also known as Virginia cowslip and make a lovely addition to a perennial garden. The plant can grow to around 24 inches tall. The gardener should guard against overwatering them and shouldn't plant them in a place where rain is overly abundant. They can be propagated by division or seeds, and many gardeners prefer seeds. These flowers need sandy soil that has a good amount of peat.

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Larkspur is one of the most popular perennial plants. Flowers, which can be purple, blue, red, pink, white, or yellow, appear in the summer. Larkspur thrives in hardiness zones 3 to 8 and likes moist, well-drained, loamy, alkaline soil in full sun. The plant is also called delphinium. The plants should be spaced around two feet apart and should be staked if they grow tall. Some species can grow to five feet tall.

Mayapple is a plant for a shady, damp spot in the garden. It has large leaves that form an umbrella shape and is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. The mayapple produces a single white flower which turns into a golden fruit by late summer. The fruit is edible. The plant can be propagated by rhizomes or seeds and should be planted in moist, acidic soil.

Black cohosh is often grown as a medicinal herb. It’s mainly used to ease problems of the female reproductive system. It’s native to the eastern part of North America and can be found as far west as Arkansas. It’s found in the woods and produces clusters of white flowers in the early summer. It likes heavy, damp soil. Black cohosh has a somewhat fetid smell that gives it the nickname of bugbane.