Many gardeners avoid planting perennial plants because they have limited knowledge on the plants.
However, there are some perennial plants that are almost every gardener’s envy. With this in mind, here is some extensive information about perennials, in terms of their habits and behavior for every gardener, that is, beginning and already practicing:
Perennial plants are plants that have longevity of more than two years.
Some perennial plants can have a short life that is, lasting only a few years while others can be long lived such as perennial plants that can last up to several centuries. Their height also varies, with some growing to maximum heights of mere millimeters while others can reach a maximum of over 100 meters.
Perennials grow continuously in warmer and favorable climates. Their growth is limited to the growing season in seasonal climates. They may grow and bloom in the warmer conditions of the year, but their foliage dies back in the winter and cooler conditions during the year.
Perennial plants can be found in various places in the world, such as land and fresh water, and few have adapted to shallow sea water. Nearly all plants in forests are perennials including the trees and shrubs.
Compared to annual plants, perennial plants are better adaptable to resource poor conditions. This is owed to the fact that perennial plants have greater root systems that can have access to water and nutrients from deep in the soil, and their early blooming in spring.
There are perennial plants known as evergreen perennials. A good example of this type of perennial plant is the banana. Evergreen perennials are those that retain their foliage all year around.
Another type of perennial plant is the deciduous perennial. This type of perennial is the type that thrives only in warmer conditions and dies in winter. Examples of this perennial plant include the mint.
Perennial plants have many uses. They could be used in the kitchen and as natural treatments to common ailments. Also they can be used in benefiting agriculture.
The above mentioned root systems that are large and help to bind the soil and prevent soil erosion capture nitrogen that has dissolved before it contaminates the ground water on the surface.
Besides this, perennials increase the beauty of the landscape of your garden with its beautiful colors and foliage. If you decide to include perennials in your garden, research thoroughly beforehand to find out the types of perennials that will thrive in your type of climate and so on.