Plan before you plant your perennial garden
When figuring out which perennials to plant in your perennial garden, you will need to do a little research and planning. It will be well worth it in the long run because of perennials flowering at different times of the season. So, the key is planning to create a constant rotation of color and blooms. (Note: Some perennials which may flower once a year can be enticed to flower again with pruning and deadheading.)
Get Inspired by Cincinnati Perennial Gardens
A great place to look for inspiration is Cincinnati parks, local gardens, Cincinnati Botanical Zoo and Botanical Garden, and at Natorp’s Nursery Outlet. It gives you a chance to see perennials in action.
Plan Before You Plant!
- Season-long colors
- Differing Heights
- Differing Widths
- Consider sunlight and shade
- Types of soil
- Hardiness in Cincinnati (Cincinnati is Zone 6)
- Amount of maintenance (Yes, perennials do require different levels of maintenance including deadheading, pruning, winter cleanup, feeding, watering, etc.)
- Any wildlife issues
Tools to help you find the right perennials
- Visit Natorp’s horticulturalists (the orange shirt people) and ask your questions. We grow over 740 types of perennials on Natorp’s Nursery. They are a great resource for finding the perfect plants.
- Take a look at Natorp’s Free Perennial Planting Guide to help you with your perennial planning.
- Visit Natorp’s Online Store where you can shop by shade, color, etc.
- Don’t forget to take a look at the Perennial Plant Association’s perennial of the year winners, this year is Stachys Hummelo. Some past winners: Palace Purple Coral Bells , Russian Sage, May Night Salvia, Becky Shasta Daisy, Rozanne Geranium.
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