Perennial Flowers Planting Guide
Creating a flower garden that is picture-perfect requires some know-how, there is just something about a beautiful flower garden design that gives a good restful feeling. It has been proven medically that exposing patience to a flower garden scenery helped or sped up the healing process. It’s no wonder why many homeowners have taken on personal projects investing in a home garden. In this article, however, we will be discussing when to plant perennial flowers.
When To Plant Perennial Flowers?
Although spring and summer have passed it’s still not late to add some beauty to your garden as the fall months approaches. In fact, the best time of the year to plant perennial flowers is during the spring and fall months.
Warmer soil temperatures
The advantage of fall planting is that the soil is much warmer during this time of the year and will benefit garden plants greatly. Warmer soils will increase microbial activity, speed up decomposition which will make soil nutrients more available to plants. The breaking down of organic matter will further condition the soil as far as its ability to absorb water and water drainage is concerned. Planting during the fall months (because of the warm soil) will encourage the roots of newly installed plants to establish quicker before the colder weather sets in.
Fewer insect pest
Although there are some fall insect pests that may be present their activity will not be as great compared to the spring and summer months which will make it easier to maintain your fall perennial flower garden.
Although weeds may always be present it is possible to weedless during this time of the year. Summer annual weeds emerge as soon as the soil temperatures warm up in the spring or early summer. Some species of weeds have been known to germinate throughout the summer under ideal conditions. Summer annuals weeds produce flowers and seeds but are killed by frost during the fall season.
Depending on the part of the country where you live fall presents an opportunity where there is more rainfall which means that you will spend less time watering as nature takes care of your thirsty garden. Watering less can save a ton of money which is a big win for you.
How to install perennial flowering plants
Starting a garden from seeds is a great and inexpensive way when growing plants, but be very careful, however. Seed should not be planted directly outdoors after the last frost. A great idea is to start your plants indoors in seeds trays and plant containers during the winter months then once the temperature starts to warm along with the soil you can begin transplanting outdoors.
Bare root perennials
Bare root perennials are plants that are grown and then dug up from the field (field grown) when the roots are dormant. The plant’s roots are also packaged and kept cold until they reach your garden nursery. The best time to install these plants is during the spring months after the last frost when the temperature starts to warm up.
Container-grown perennial flowers
Container grown perennial flowering plants are grown in containers of various sizes, plants that are cared for with this method are much easy to grow. I have purchased plants in this fashion over the years and what I love about this method of planting is that once the plant is purchase it is so easy to install. It is all a matter of removing the plant from the container digging the hole and installing it.
Now your perennial plant type
Knowing your perennial plant type is so crucial in having success, these types are divided into groups.
- Perennial for poor soils
- Drought-tolerant perennial
- Perennial for the shade
- Perennial for the full sun
- Perennial that can thrive both in the sun and the shade
- Early blooming perennials
- Late-blooming perennials
Knowing the location of where you want to plant your perennial flower garden and choosing the right perennial plants for the right location will ensure success.
Best flowering plants for fall planting
10 of the best plants to install during the fall months.
- Black-eyed Susan
- Japanese anemone
- Garden phlox
The final word on when to plant perennial flowers
I love perennial plants because they are so easy to care for, once you do the job the right way these plants will grow from year to year with the proper maintenance practices. Installing perennial flowering plants during the fall month is a great way to add that color pop so get in on the action why get left out spruce up your fall garden now.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.