The Advantages of Planting Perennials

The Advantages of Planting Perennials

Posted by Tammy Sons on Aug 02, 2022

While annuals will add beautiful bursts of color to any flower garden, most seasoned gardeners prefer to install various perennial plants. There are several arguments in their favor.

Perennial Plants Come in a Huge Assortment

Who wouldn't fall in love with a border wall of ginormous blue and white flowering hydrangea bushes? Or a formal garden trellis covered with gorgeous climbing roses? One can plant a perennial garden that blooms early with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring bulbs. A wide variety of iris may show a little later in the spring, followed by an assortment of lilies and then chrysanthemums in the fall. From formal, shade-loving hostas with lush foliage to wild and free windflowers, when properly planned and sequenced, anyone can create a beautiful perennial garden with an abundance of color from early spring to the first frost.

Perennials Are Easier to Maintain

Unlike the woody perennial variety, herbaceous plants will die back at the end of the flowering season, but they should return the next. As a result, you won't have to pull up dead plants, and no annual composting or mulching is required. The only work you'll want to do is deadhead the spent blooms, which will encourage additional flowers.

Complete Hardy Garden Perennial Collection

They Add Benefit to Other Plants in Your Garden

Perennial plants often grow from bulbs, corms, rhizomes, or tubers, and these deeper root systems help to aerate the soil to benefit other plants in your garden. These root systems not only pull water and valuable nutrients like nitrogen to the soil's surface, but they also help aerate the soil allowing in more oxygen. Additionally, many perennials, such as creeping forget-me-nots, provide a ground cover that protects the soil in two ways, first by mitigating erosion and second by holding in moisture.

They Are Easy to Propagate

Perennial plants don't last forever, but the beauty is that you can either divide them in the fall or take root cuttings in the spring or fall and plant them elsewhere in your garden. Once you have a few, with proper care, you can have free plants for yourself and your gardening friends for years.

Plant a Perennial Garden!

The possibilities are endless when you plant a garden with easy-to-care-for perennial shrubs, flowers, and trees. Just be patient with your perennial flowers, as they tend to be slower to mature than annuals and may take a year or two to bloom. With a little effort, you'll soon have a garden that's the envy of your neighborhood!

Sources To Purchase Perennials

TN Nursery

Tree Nursery Company

Tennessee Wholesale Nursery