Welcome back to Gardening 101, where I share my garden escapades with a few tips thrown in for good measure. Today I am sharing how to plant a few of my favorite bulbs and perennials. These are the best kind of garden plants, especially for lazy gardeners like me because they generally come back year after year. Above we have a lovely bearded Iris that was planted as a bulb years ago.
Be sure to check out my how to plant annuals post if you want to pot flowers yearly too.
How to plant perennials:
First, it’s good to purchase a guide book like this one to identify plants that would grow well in your geographical area. Lone Pine Press has a whole series of books based on identifying plants and animals. This Perennials for British Columbia (aff link) guidebook is a great beginner book full of perennials. I found it at Costco years ago.
Here is some of my Sedum which does well in our arid climate.
Tips for planting perennials:
- Select plants that are suitable for your environment and conditions. For example, look for draught tolerant plants if you live in an arid climate and shade tolerant plants if you plan to have the perennial in an area that is shady.
- Prepare the soil for planting by adding potting soil and fertilizer as needed.
- Dig a hole that is at least two times the size of the selected plant pot size. Fill the hole with large rocks and pebbles at the bottom for drainage. Place the plant in the hole and fill the remainder of the space with potting soil.
- Create a bit of a well around the plant so that it has good water drainage and water the plant well after planting.