How To Choose The Best Perennials For Your Garden PlantersHave the best looking planters in your neighborhood! By knowing your climate zone and choosing the right planters, you can have beautiful flowers most of the year round.
Perennials plus planters equals beautiful flowers for all four seasons. Perennials are great for planters as they come back every year which reduces thecost of having to replant annuals every year. Perennials also multiply, so you don't need to continually add plants to your planters. In fact, you may have to thin out your plants rather than having to add to them.
Choosing the right perennials is important, particularly if you are short on space, money or time-this is because the plants will multiply and you may need larger pots at some point.
There are different perennials for shade and sun, and plenty that grow throughout the summer, spring, and fall-some examples include:
The best bet to figure out
what will work in your area is to take a trip to your local nursery
or gardening center. They will stock different types of perennials that
are geared for the climatic zone you live in and can offer advice about
when to plant and what grows best where.
If you like to order your perennials,
make sure you do your research and ensure that you know the climatic
zone you live in and the types of perennials that work best in your
area. A little online research can often result in a wealth of information.
Of course you can always experiment
with flowers that aren't native to your climatic zone and this can work
especially in planters. Cactus is a great example-they're great in plastic
planters and are not suitable for all zones/climates.
One of the keys to growing
healthy beautiful perennials is to have quality soil for them to grow
in. A great way to control the soil environment for your flowers is
to grow them in a wooden
planter with enriched
soil. Make sure you buy potting soil and that you include some peat
moss and potentially even some steer manure or other composting material.
It is best to have your soil
in the container 2-6 weeks prior to planting to allow the soil to settle
together. This is particularly true if you mix in composting material
or steer manure as you want to make sure the mixture isn't too "hot"
for the plants where it will over energize them or potentially burn
them upon planting.
Garden urns are great for perennials
plants and create focal points wherever you place them. You can decorate
the front yard or back yard with garden urns, decorative plastic planters,
or other types of containers that are very decorative and enhance the
look of the perennials. You can even color coordinate your plants and
pots for the ultimate outdoor dˇcor!
When planting perennials in
planters make sure to plant the bigger plants behind the smaller plants-so
you can see them. You also want to make sure to plant the perennials
closer than you would when planting in the ground so cut the spacing
requirements on the label of your plants in half.
Like any of your other plants,
perennials will need regular water so ensure you have a regular source
of water through your sprinkler system, or through daily or every other
day hand watering. If you want large perennials you can fertilize monthly
or even on an every other month schedule. Remember although water and
fertilizer are important, you don't want to over water or over fertilize
so heed the labels and watch for any signs of rotting or molding. A
great way to tell is the speed at which the water runs through the container.
Regardless of the type of container that you have, whether it is a plastic
planter, ceramic, or wood, ensure that there is a way for the water
to drain out as well. If the soil soaks up the water you are just right,
if it runs straight through the chances are your soil is water logged.
Although perennials will live
year round, some varieties may need to be housed in the wintertime,
or at least covered and protected from the elements with some bark or
other mulch product so be sure to study the care instructions of the
varieties you choose to plant.
Perennials are great flowers
that are especially successful in planters. You can raise them year
round and they are fairly low maintenance even multiplying year after
year. Remember to study the different varieties of perennials that grow
best in your climatic zone, prepare the soil in your container, and
About the Author:
Scott Gray is a garden enthusiast who loves to relax taking care of his garden. For more information about garden planters and terra cotta planters be sure to visit his site allgardenplanters.com.