Living in the south can be hard on your gardens and flower beds. Southern plants experience cold winters and very hot and humid summers. If you’re not sure what types of flowers to plant, you can always start with perinnials. Perennials are a low-maintenance, drought resistant plants, that are full of more perks.
Perennials are the types of plants that return year after year, blooming on their own. That’s great news for some of us who are first starting out. As long as you take good care of your perinnials, you will have plants that stick around for years! Here are a few important things to know about perinnials:
- Their lifespans can vary from 3-5 years, to decades and decades.
- They tend to be very flowery, and are full of beautiful foliage.
- Bloom time is shorter for perinnials, so make sure you do a little research and planning before you plant. Some bloom for as short as 2 weeks, and others up to 3-5 months.
- Enjoy the colorful seed heads during fall and winter, then in early spring, cut them back to the base.
- Most perennials are not heavy feeders and they will be happy with one spring application of a low-nitrogen, high-phosphorus fertilizer.
- If your perennials are happy, they may outgrow their spaces. Most of them will need to be divided every few years.
- Keep newly transplanted perennials well watered for the first few weeks. Water deeply to saturate the entire root ball and establish good contact between the roots and the surrounding soil.
- Some kinds of perennials, benefit from being pinched back. Pinching creates a bushier plant that produces more blooms and is less likely to flop over.
People grow perennial flowers because they are such easy-care, dependable growers, and because they offer wide range variety of color, texture and form. Some southern favorites are the iris, hostas, hydrangeas, daylillies, salvia, ferns, and mums, to name a few. If you live near the Memphis area, come check out our huge selection of perennials!