Perennial flowers offer great appeal in the spring, ringing the bell of activity of the gardening season. The great news is that perennials do not bloom only in spring – they offer ever-changing garden views in all seasons. If you plan your garden well, it will offer texture, color and movement appeal whenever you look at it.
There are several keys to success:
- Planning the garden on paper before buying the plants. Think about color combinations, plant height and width, moisture needs, season of bloom and sun/shade preferences. Knowing this information about each plant helps tremendously when grouping them together.
- Loosening and enriching the soil. A sod spade or pitchfork is an essential tool to break up the soil, especially clay soil, followed by incorporation of an inch or two of compost.
- In a new perennial bed, application of a preemergence herbicide is recommended. Be sure to read and follow all label directions. The use of wood chip or pine needle mulch will suppress many weeds before they germinate as well.
Here is a listing of perennials that bloom in each season:
New England Aster