Perennials For Years Of Pleasure

Whereas trees and shrubs form the backbone of the garden, perennials introduce added shape and structure, so they are essential features in all gardens. They can be used and combined in numerous ways, being both decorative and versatile. For instance, some perennials are evergreen so they retain their decorative appeal in winter, and others produce beautiful flowers for cutting. As you see, perennials are an asset to any garden.

Characteristics

Perennials have herbaceous stems. It is best to remove these before winter sets in. During winter the roots of the plant lie dormant under the ground. The new stems that appear in spring have magnificent decorative leaves, and many varieties also flower in great abundance for a long time.

Soil and nutrition

Good nutrition and good soil are important factors affecting the quality of perennials. After all, a good basis is generally a guarantee for good results. Treat the soil with a mixture of cow manure and compost to make sure your plants have sufficient nutrition.

  • Sandy soil. If your garden has sandy soil, dig some compost into the topsoil. This will enable the soil to absorb and retain more water and will make the soil more compact.
  • Clay soil. In order to ensure that roots are not starved of oxygen in this soil, you could mix the subsoil with compost too. This makes the soil much lighter.

Position

All perennials have their own preference as regards position. Some plants thrive in partial shade, whereas others have a strong preference for sunshine. Of course, you could create suitable conditions yourself - for instance, by planting a tall shrub next to a perennial that likes (partial) shade.