Perennials are plants that have a minimum life span of three years.
They are many different types ranging from the smallest flower to the largest tree.
But like any other group of plants, they only grow well under specific conditions.
A considerable amount of mulch is needed when planting perennials. Mulching helps eliminate weeds. You are only asking for more work if you leave them to grow uncontrollably among your plants.
I suggest you use pine straw and bark needles. It also helps in increasing the soil’s water retention.
Play around with three or four different types of perennials in your garden. This will create a beautiful garden design.
After all, flowers are meant to give your yard some vibe, so why not do some mixing and matching.
The risk of Insects and diseases spreading very fast and destroying all your plants is reduced as well.
Grow perennials that are adapted to your climate. You can’t expect your plants to flourish under the wrong conditions.
For example if the plant requires a lot of water and limited sunlight, you can’t expect it to thrive in a very hot, drought stricken area.
Perennials use up a great amount of nutrients and require soil with a good drainage. If your soil has poor drainage, then grow them on a raised bed.
Feed them with the correct fertilizer, so you can provide them with all the nutrients they need. They also need great care as they are fast growers so you need to keep up with them.
Poor soil can be enriched with some compost and peat moss. A quick remedy to sandy soil is spading in pea gravel in your soil, normally to a depth of about ten inches. It works well.
You might be wondering why I have laid so much emphasis on soil. It’s because these plants are going to be rooted in the same soil for a long time so your soil should be favorable.
Late fall or early spring is the ideal time to plant perennials. They establish themselves better before the hot weather begins.
If you are going to plant them during spring then you will have to do it after the heavy frost has passed. And if you choose to farm during the fall then you better plant a month and a half before the freeze.
Basically, when it comes to perennials, it’s mostly about trial and error. Experience has and will always be the best teacher. So what I have offered you is the ground work.
Use this to grow your plants but from there observe how your plant grows and in what conditions does it give the best yields. Failure does not mean you can’t plant perennials. It just means it’s time to change the tactics you used and try again.