Perennials, often referred to as "perennials", are distinguished by their longevity, extending over many years. With proper care and maintenance, their development over time results in abundant, brilliant blooms. These plants are prized for their shimmering flowers and evergreen foliage. We offer you a wide range of perennial varieties, perfect for enhancing your garden.
What are the best planting conditions for perennials?
The art of planting perennials at the right time is crucial. Whether you're a gardening novice, enthusiast or expert, even if you claim not to have a green thumb, it's comforting to know that the art of planting perennials is accessible to all.
When making your selection, it's essential to take into account the flowering periods specific to each variety. Winter perennials, such as hellebores and primroses, coexist with summer perennials, such as forget-me-nots and peonies. Each season brings its own set of perennials. That's why it's a good idea to think about the timing of each bloom.
Perennials can be planted all year round, with the exception of periods of frost and severe drought. What's more, in regions with cold, wet winters, it's a good idea to plant perennials from early spring through to autumn, allowing the plants to acclimatize before winter. In areas with a more temperate climate, autumn and late winter are the best times to introduce perennials into the garden, as they are rarely subject to extreme weather conditions.
How do I water a perennial plant?
Once firmly rooted in your garden space, these plants are capable of extracting essential elements from their reserves themselves, thanks to their well-developed root system. However, when planting them, it's imperative to water them well, so that the soil becomes perfectly integrated around their roots and rootlets. During dry spells, we recommend regular watering (preferably in the morning or evening).
Why mulch perennials?
Mulching offers a number of advantages, including keeping the soil cool in summer and protecting plants in winter. This "protective layer" plays a crucial role:
- it prevents the growth of weeds,
- it reduces the frequency of watering (and therefore saves water),
- it keeps the soil at the right temperature, minimizing the effects of cold and frost in winter.
During the flowering period, special care is needed. You need to remove wilted flowers, pull out weeds and keep a close eye on your plants. Some varieties may be vulnerable to insect attack or disease, requiring swift action to treat them.
What are the advantages of perennials?
Perennials offer considerable economic benefits to gardeners, given their durability compared with annual plants, which require annual replacement. This choice of plant saves gardeners money in the long term. In addition, they offer an ecological advantage by requiring less water than annual plants, helping to reduce overall water consumption.
Perennials have also greatly influenced the English idiom, giving rise to various expressions. For example, the expression "as tough as old boots" is used to describe exceptional resistance, just like a perennial plant that can endure difficult conditions. Similarly, "to take root" evokes establishment in a place or adaptation to an environment, just like a perennial plant capable of taking deep root and growing in specific conditions.
Other expressions related to perennials include "to put down roots", conveying permanent establishment, and "to sow the seeds", meaning to lay the foundations for a future. These expressions reflect how perennials have influenced language and culture, providing analogies and metaphors for understanding the world around us.
Now that you have an in-depth knowledge of the thriving world of perennials, why not welcome them into your garden for your viewing pleasure?