No one can say that a landscape of textured greenery and colorfully blazing blossoms is not desirable. But what about the work many believe it takes to have your own landscape of such description? “I just can’t do it,” they say. The idea of constantly planting and watering keeps thoughts of landscaping far from becoming a reality. What those same people may not realize is that carefully chosen perennial plants are easy to care for and won’t add much time to an already busy schedule once the initial seeds or plants are in the ground.
What are perennial plants?
Unlike annual plants that must be replanted each and every year, perennial plants live more than two years with many varieties outlasting their property owners. In warm areas, perennial plants last year round. In cooler climates, they die at the first frost and return in the spring of the following year. Each time they come back, they grow stronger, fuller, and even more dazzling than the year before.
Examples of perennial plants that require little water
You don’t have to worry about dragging your garden hose around or installing a sprinkler system. Rain will give these perennial plants what they need: Silver mound, hosta, rock cress (white), maiden pinks, salvia (deep purple), and basket of gold (brilliant yellow). Of course this list isn’t all inclusive; the point is that you can have a flower garden that is not labor intensive if you select perennial plants. Go to the library and check out some gardening books to get an idea of what the various some of these plants look like.
Additional benefits of perennial plants
Perennial plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and heights so that you can design a garden that is unique to your own personality and preferences. They each have their own blooming date, so if you do your research, your yard could become a kaleidoscope of color, changing looks by season: early spring, late spring, summer, early fall, and fall. You can plant them as seeds directly in the ground, use starter plants or engage in container gardening, transplanting when they are ready.
You have options
Once you have started perennial plant gardening, you may find it to be quite addictive. If you decide to move beyond perennial plants that need only natural occurring water, you’ll open up another large set of options for your landscape.
If you decide to go with perennial plants that need more watering, you could rely on a soaker hose to get the job done for you. You don’t need to move these around after the initial set-up. And if you decide that you don’t mind getting a little landscape induced exercise, you can place sprinklers near your perennial plants and simply turn on the faucet when you want to water them. You don’t need to dig up the yard for this; portable sprinklers can be purchased at stores like Walmart and Home depot for less than $15.00.
Some home owners install in-ground sprinklers only in their flower gardens that hold perennial plants, eliminating much of the cost and expense that goes along with full-scale lawn watering systems.