Easy To Grow Perennials

by Susan
on 21 July 2017

Due to Canada’s ever-changing weather and seasons, finding low maintenance long-term garden plants can be a challenge. This is especially true for newer gardeners who may not have as much experience or knowledge. The truth is that there are a variety of ways that you can ensure your garden’s beauty without overexertion. It comes down to the type of plant, the environments in which it can thrive and the amount of time you are willing to commit to your garden. Check out our year-round garden tips.


Consider Planting Perennials

When it comes to plants, each one has a variety of unique characteristics and factors. One of the factors that most gardeners look at first with outdoor plants is their life span. These can be one season or even up to several years. When it comes to long lasting, but low maintenance plants our go to is perennials. These plants don’t live for ever, but they do typically have a life span of about two to three years, with many of them lasting year round. Some of these plants may appear to die down during some months, however, their root systems are very much alive and thriving!


How To Choose The “Right” Perennial?

Choosing the right plants for your garden can come as a challenge, even for an experienced green thumb. The truth is that it comes down to a variety of factors including the size of your garden, the expected weather conditions for your area, and the plant’s care needs. This is only naming a few of countless factors. One of the easiest ways to know if a perennial will survive in your garden would be to research the plant hardiness zone in your area. This color coded map makes it easy for gardeners of any skill level to choose the right plants based on where they live. This tool can also help you with choosing other plants that do not fall into the perennial category as well. 


A Few Of Our Favourites

When it comes to perennials, some are easier to grow than others. For new gardeners, we always suggest starting with some of the lower maintenance plants. Then, as they gain experience they can take on plants with more extensive care needs. These are a few of our favourite perennials...

  • Blue Speedwells: These beautiful blue flowers typically bloom from early summer to late autumn. They can survive winters as cold as -40C, making them a great option for many Canadian gardeners. They typically grow between 18 and 24 inches.
  • Blue Pincushion Flower: While they are stunning on their own, these plants are great in pairs. They typically bloom mid-summer and into the fall. They can survival freezes down to -34C. They are known to grow from 24 to 30 inches.
  • Threadleaf Tickseed: These gorgeous yellow flowers brighten any garden they adorn. They bloom from early summer to the fall. During the winter they can survive temperatures as low as -37C. They usually reach a height of 16 to 18 inches. 


When it comes to perennials, we recommend adding at least a couple to your garden. That way you aren't having to completely replant every year. This makes the long-term planning for your garden space a lot easier. It also allows newer gardeners the opportunity to gradually raise the responsibility level of their garden as they are ready. For more information about the types of plants we recommend or to learn where you can purchase Delicious Dirt and Pefferlaw Peat products, please feel free to contact us today. 


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