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10 Low-Maintenance Perennials to Add to Your Garden This Spring

Low Maintenance Perennials, Acworth, GA Perennials bring a sense of permanence to your garden as they last from year to year. They provide an unparalleled year-round display of colors and textures, and their variety in color, size, growth habit, and bloom time seems almost limitless.

While perennial borders are a classic feature of English gardens, they are not limited to exclusive use in gardens. Combining these plants in a landscape creates a stunning overall effect.

Low-Maintenance Native Perennials

Some perennials that are native to Georgia include the following:

  • Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Bee balm (Monarda didyma)
  • Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.)
  • Hostas (Hosta spp.)
  • Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Salvia (Salvia spp.)
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia spp.)
  • Iris (Iris spp.)

Aspects to Consider Before Purchasing Perennials

There are certain things to consider before purchasing any perennials, such as:
  • Check their plant hardiness zone. While the perennials mentioned above are appropriate for Georgia gardens and landscapes, it's essential to note that the hardiness zone can differ depending on the cultivar. This means that some cultivars may be better suited to the Georgia climate than others
  • Consider their adaptability to the environment and how well they will perform and contribute to your landscape's needs
  • Carefully evaluate factors such as height, spread, color, bloom time and duration, and growth habit
  • Some perennials may tolerate poor drainage, while others may not. Their tolerance for sun and shade can also vary
Considering all these factors is vital for choosing and using perennials appropriately.

Tips For Planting and Caring for Perennials

Choosing the right perennials is only one component of adding them to your garden. If you ensure a strong start for your perennials, they will provide you with many seasons of colorful blooms. Care for them so they grow and thrive throughout the year. Here are some helpful tips from experts:

Tips to plant perennials:

  • Collect the perennials you plan to plant and make sure the plants are healthy and that you buy them from a reputable garden center or local nursery
  • Add organic matter to your planting area, such as compost, shredded bark, or composted manure
  • Arrange plants in the bed before planting if you're creating a new bed
  • Water the perennials before digging planting holes
  • Dig a hole slightly deeper than the plant's pot and twice as wide, adding organic matter to the hole
  • Tease and break up the base of the root ball if the roots are thick and conformed to the pot
  • Position the plant in the spot so it's at the same depth as it was in the pot, avoiding burying the crown
  • Mix organic matter into the soil you excavated and finish filling the hole, gently firming the soil around the plant
  • Water the newly planted perennial thoroughly, allowing the water to soak deeply
  • Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch, such as compost or shredded bark, to the soil

Tips to care for perennials:

  • Water deeply and regularly, but avoid overwatering as that will only affect the plant's health
  • Use a balanced fertilizer to provide nutrients, but don't over-fertilize, which can weaken the plant making it more vulnerable to damage
  • Remove spent blooms to encourage further growth and extend the blooming season significantly
  • Regularly prune to maintain shape, prevent overcrowding, and remove dead or diseased growth to allow more space for the rest of the branches to grow freely
  • Apply mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature for sustained growth
  • Rejuvenate your plants by dividing them every few years, and you will have a more sustainable landscape
  • Protect from harsh weather with covers or shade cloth
  • Inspect regularly for pests and diseases, and take appropriate preventative measures

Proper planting and care are essential to the health and longevity of perennials. Following the steps of gathering, preparing the planting area, watering, and correctly planting the perennial, along with regular maintenance like adding organic matter, pruning, and pest control, can help promote the sustainability of your plants.

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