Perennial flowers are a beautiful addition to any flower garden. Many flower gardeners choose perennials for edging because they can be used year-round. Spring bulbs, such as crocuses, daffodils, and hydrangeas, are excellent for planting as an edging plant. These bulbs do not need to be planted from seed. If you plan to use these bulbs as an edging plant, be sure to follow a careful procedure to ensure proper growth and color of the bulbs.
Planting perennial plants as an edging plant allows you to be creative in your flower garden layout. Most perennial plants that are successful at edging their plants come with a few guidelines in order to achieve success. Keep in mind that you want the plants to have straight, upright growth. You also want the plants to be roughly even in height.
Planting a border with perennials requires careful planning and planting techniques. The initial step is selecting the plants you want to use as edging. Check your local nursery to see which plants are best suited for the area. Do some research on the internet and read about the different perennial flower gardens that border your property. Determine the type of grass that you have and if there are any grasses that grow wild around your home. Make sure that your flower garden has drainage in the soil and that it doesn’t sit directly on top of the ground.
The next step in planting a border with plants is to determine how many plants you will need to support the edging. If your flower garden has not been established, it may take several years to start seeing the results you are hoping for. Once established, the number of plants will determine how much you need to buy or grow in order to support the edging plants. In addition, plant width will affect the appearance of your border. For example, taller plants can be supported by plants on the edges while shorter ones can be supported by plants along the stems.
Planting perennial borders is best done in the spring. This allows the roots to have an ample time to break the soil up and spread out before summer arrives. It also gives the plants time to establish roots and get started. Perennial plants don’t need to be planted immediately after the ground has been frosted or frost-tinted. They can be planted at any time between the spring and the fall depending on the climate where you live.
One tip to consider when planting perennial borders is to plant taller plants at the back of the flower garden. Shorter plants should be at the front. Taller perennial plants that do well in ground cover can help dress up the edges of the edging. In addition, these taller plants offer a higher level for a blooming flower. Taller plants will also keep the edging flat and allow the plants to spread horizontally.
When choosing bulbs for a border, it’s best to choose plants with a double bloom season. Busy perennial plants can often become weeds themselves. Long-growing perennial plants can get the most use out of the edging. Busy plants may benefit from periodic fertilization and trimming to improve color and shape.
Perennial borders add visual interest to your flower garden. However, it’s important to make sure that the plants are well-fed during dry periods and have adequate water. These tips will make perennials a great choice for an edging project.
Plant heights and width should be determined by considering how much shade and sun the edging receives. Shorter plants do better in landscape edging because they don’t need as much maintenance. Longer, wider perennial plants, on the other hand, do better in bedding. Keep in mind that when used in landscape edging, shorter plants should face downhill. The taller ones should face upward or out away from the edge.
Perennial blooms will be best complemented by short-growing annuals. Short-lived perennials do best in edging. Choose plants with full blooms during the fall and winter. Long-lasting blooms will only bloom during the summer months.
The final consideration for choosing perennial flowers for edging is the proper mulching. Some plants do better with deeper planting holes than others. Earthworms are great at breaking up organic matter, while grasses and shrubs can benefit most with shallow planting holes. The type of mulch you use is really up to you and your plants’ needs.