Perennials are a low maintenance choice for
beds and borders. You plant them once and they come back year after year.
Hi, I’m William Moss and I’m here to tell you about six easy steps
for growing a great perennial garden. The first step is to choose a nice open
location like this bed. There are perennials that can go in full sun and those that can take full shade.
The second step is to actually sketch out a plan. You
just want a plan so that you kind of have a guideline to follow, whether you’re planting up by the curb
or you’re planting over by the front door. Step three is you want to choose your plants. You
want to pick some that have varying heights to them. That gives more excitement .to your garden You need some taller plants. Taller plants give
you a vertical element and add drama to the garden. So you’re looking at things like Joe Pye Weed, perennial sunflowers, and also the rugosa roses and other
types roses. Then you have that medium-tier level, where your talking
about things like cone flowers, ornamental grasses, and this coreopsis. It really fills in and gives you a nice space. Finally, you have the smaller plants.
Those are the ones for the front and also for use as edging. Combining those three
heights gives your garden a lot of interest. Step four is to dig the soil and amend it. We’ve already turned it over using a
garden fork, you turn the soil just to make sure that it’s easy to plant in, and
we amend it with a rich compost. The compost not only improves
drainage and texture, it also feeds the soil. So having done that, now we’re just
gonna rake it out smooth around this irrigation system.
Step five is to place the plants and begin to plant them. Now you don’t
want to crowd the plants. You’ve got to be sure to give them plenty of space. Remember that perennials are going to get
larger every year. So you want to put them down and give them
enough space so that in two to three years they’ve still got plenty of room. So you put
your tall plant in first, the rose. And now I’m putting all of my medium-size plants in .
around that And finally you put in the smaller plants.
Now we’re ready to plant. We’re going to start with the coreopsis here. Now to take these plants out, all you do is first you have to press the sides of the
pot, then turn it upside down. So now that I’ve got it out, you see
some of these roots are a little tangled. We’re going to break them up just a bit because we want them to grow out. and through the soil. Then come over to
my hole, my space right here where I had it. When you’re planting you wanna dig down and plant as deep as it was when it
was in the pot. Not deeper, not shallower, the same
height. One’s done!
Step six is to mulch your perennials. The mulch does a lot of things. It’s
going to help conserve the moisture. It’s also going to suppress weeds, and design-wise, it brings a unifying look to the whole
garden. Spread it out be sure not to cover up the crown of the
plant, just the areas around it. It’s as easy as that! You plant a perennial garden one afternoon and you’ll enjoy it for many years to come.