Perennials 101

Perennials are the backbone of most flower gardens because they come back year after year. Unlike annuals that must be replanted each year, hardy perennials die at the end of their growth season, and then re-grow from the same roots the following year.

Perennial flowers are hardy, dependable performers. They are easy to care for and provide a wide variety of shapes, textures and colors in any landscape. Planting perennials in the fall can add wonderful color to garden beds, containers, window boxes and areas around shrubs and trees. When combined with annuals and bulbs that bloom at different times during the year, you can create year-round color.

The lifespan and bloom time of perennials can vary greatly depending on the plant species, so it’s important to check that before you plant them. Perennials can last for several years, many years or a lifetime.

If you’re looking for a hardy, long-lived perennial when planting perennials in the fall, peonies have been known to bloom for up to 50 years with vibrant color and beautiful blooms every season.

When planting perennials in the fall, you can combine spring-blooming perennials with fall-blooming perennials to give your landscape more foliage, texture and color throughout the year.

When planting perennial garden areas, they look best when combined with trees, shrubs and woody plants that provide height, depth and contrasting texture.
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