Garden Tips
 
Horticulture - Working with Perennials

Summer 2009
By Sally Pfeifer

It does take time to establish a perennial garden. Although it is very rewarding, in that every spring you go to your garden and look for what went through the winter. And how surprised you are at seeing what comes up! Soon your garden is bountiful. You have so many plants you are giving them away and making garden friends. 

Here are some guidelines when working in a perennial garden. First of all it doesn't have to be perfect. There are times when you plant something and it doesn't take. It dies off. It’s in the wrong spot (too much water, not enough sun, etc.), but you learn as you go.
 
There are advantages to perennials, the most obvious being that they do not have to be replaced every year. Another advantage is that with careful planning a perennial bed can change colors throughout the season. As one type of plant finishes, another variety begins to bloom, which is very exciting. However, they do need maintenance and pruning to keep them attractive. Most require digging, dividing and transplanting every 3-5 years.

A disadvantage of perennials is that they have a short bloom period, but by combining them with annuals, grasses and bulbs, a continuous, attractive show can be achieved.
Perennials are more expensive to buy than annuals or seeds.

Please see the website for a list of deer-resistant plants in Connecticut, which was compiled by the University of Connecticut Master Gardening program.
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