4 Easy To Grow Perennials

Daffodils

What is a perennial?

Are perennials easy to grow?

We have often said that perennials are a gardener’s bread and butter. Perennials are loved by all because they are plants and flowers that return year after year. Usually when a plant has been labeled a perennial you can expect it to come back at least 2 years after planting it.

In Michigan this week, we got a taste of spring only to wake up to snow a few days later. While there it still snow on our lawns, I know that it will soon be time to get out into the garden. That is why for today’s Beginner Gardening Wednesday we are sharing with you 4 easy to grow perennials.

Beginner Gardening Wednesday is our weekly series that is designed to make gardening easy no matter how long you have been gardening. We’ve covered almost anything you can think of. If you are interested about more on this series, click on beginner gardener in the category section of the blog.

Here are 4 easy to grow perennials:

  1. Veronica
    Veronica perennialThe Old Farmer’s Almanac describes this flower as a “carefree and easy-to-grow perennial”. This flower comes in blue, pinks, purples and whites petals attached to its long spikes. Veronica should be planted in the spring.

    Veronicas are a great addition to any flower garden as they attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, are drought tolerant and are deer, rabbit and slug resistance. For more on this breathtaking perennial, please see: How to Plant, Grow and Care for Veronica Perennials.

  2. Russian Sage
    Russian sage perennialRussian Sage has tall wispy wands of lavender or blue flowers and attractive silvery foliage. This is the perfect perennial if you are looking for a little privacy since it grows up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It is also a beautiful perennial that blooms from mid-summer to fall.

    Special features of Russian Sage include that the plant is deer resistant and drought tolerant. It should be planted in the fall or in early spring.

  3. Switchgrass
    Ornamental grassesHere is a perennial that is also a veru attractive ornamental grass. It offers something to your garden all year long. You can read more about it in our article, Ornamental Grasses – All You Wanted to Know About Switchgrass.

    According to Michigan State University Extension Bioenergy, “the best time to plant switchgrass is when there is sufficient soil moisture and when the soil temperature is ideally between 59 and 68 degrees.

  4. Daffodils
    DaffodilsAlthough the best time to plant daffodil bulbs in the fall months from September, through November for optimum results, when this flower blooms, you know that spring has arrived.

    According to the National Gardening Association, daffodils “grow best in areas with cold winters, cool springs, and cool summers.” The beauty of this traditional spring flower is that you do not have to dig up the bulbs and replant them every. Instead, divide the clumps of bulbs in early spring every 5 to 10 years.

Summary

Perennials are a great addition to any garden and the four listed above have our seal of approval.

Do you have a perennial on your list to plant this spring?

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