Perennials can provide quite the show and add color as well as form and texture to the garden. Most of them bloom part of or throughout the season bringing us something to oh and ah about.
There are so many perennial plants sold on the market, and they really vary as to size, exposure required, season of bloom, flower color, and so on. But, the one thing they all have in common is the need for a good start in life. That’s why this post is all about how to successfully plant perennials.
You can plant perennials any time of year that the soil is workable. I’m planting in spring because the selection is newly stocked up and the temperatures aren’t too blasted hot yet here in Tucson
Here you’ll see me planting a salvia, a very popular perennial:
How To Successfully Plant Perennials:
First of all, make sure the perennials are well watered
After that, dig a hole as deep as the rootballs and at least twice as wide.
I also work the soil on the bottom to break it up a bit and aid with drainage. Remove any roots or larger rocks which might be in the soil.
Thoroughly soak the holes and let the water absorb in
Add in a few handfuls of compost and water again
Squeeze the pots gently to get the plant out
Most perennials have a tight and extensive root system
Echinacea in full bloom in a Connecticut garden in August.
Now you can put the plants in the holes.
Turn them to look for their good sides.
Next, fill in the holes with a lot of the native soil with few handfuls of compost layered in
In the top 2 or 3″, sprinkle in a few handfuls of worm compost
This is my favorite amendment. You can use an organic
Cover with native soil and top with an inch or 2 layers of compost
Lastly, water your perennials in well
Now all you have to do is sit back, watch your perennials grow and thrive and pat yourself on the back!
Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by,