Planting your Flowerbed July 18 2016

Time to Identify

Well, readers, we are in the full bloom of summer, having passed spring, the time of year when the beauty of the tulips, crocus and hyacinth are so short lived, yet so intensely colorful. Spring buds and flowers push their way through the spring snow to show their color and letting us know that spring is near, warmer days are ahead and the snow will be no more.

I’ve been very busy working on Blackscape Studio’s new logo and identity, so I realize I’m a little late to be talking about spring time, but it is the time for planting annuals and perennials. Annual flowers add color to your flowerbed at ground level and various heights in your garden, while flowering perennials will stand as an anchor behind colorful annuals.

What are annual and perennial flowers and plants?

  • Annuals are typically flowering plants with a life cycle that lasts only one year, so they must be replanted each year. They grow from seed, bloom, produce seeds, then die – all in one growing season; most annuals bloom for a long time.
  • Perennials can be either flowering or non-flowering. They grow and bloom over the spring and summer, die back every autumn and winter, and then return in the spring from their rootstock They are also known as herbaceous, thus perennial.

 Annual Flowers

There are many types of annuals, including those that will thrive in the shade, those that love full sun, flowering annuals and annual vines. When planting your garden, make sure you have at least a general plan for where you’ll be putting each plant. Determine if you would like the plant to add color thanks to its flowers, or to contribute depth of greenery. A tall plant is good to add height in the backdrop, while close-to-the-ground plants are good for borders.

I love adding annuals to my flower bed, and look for those hidden spots that need color throughout the season as the different plants bloom.

  • Annuals are one of the most popular plants mainly because they supply beautiful pops of color throughout the current growing season.
  • Annuals can fill in where your other shrubs or trees are lacking. Pots and containers are great for annuals because it is easy to remove them from their containers once their life cycle is complete.
  • They are the easiest flowers to take care of, and are the least expensive. Some of the most familiar and recognized annuals are:
Petunias Impatiens Zinnias

 

Perennials Plants

The endless varieties of perennial flowering plants, non-flowering plants, woody bushes and trees appear throughout the early summer months of June and July. This is the time of year that we begin to smell the sweet fragrance of Lilac and Honeysuckle bushes.

I have spent the last four years planting plentiful perennials around my home and yard, and I’m now beginning to see the fruits (so to speak) of my labor. The plants grow tall and colorful; they come back stronger and denser than the previous year.

I’ve become a perennial kind of gardener!

  • Perennials are popular because they come back year after year without replanting, are easy to grow, and come in a large variety of colors.
  • Perennials usually live for more than two years if taken care of correctly. They cover the ground well, and most are able to survive a cold winter. Once winter hits, perennials die back to the roots (which stay alive in a dormant state). Then when the warm spring weather rolls around, new foliage and flowers begin to appear.
  • Most perennials grow larger every year, which is great for filling in spaces in a garden. On the other hand, if they grow too large without being divided or trimmed they can take over the other plants around it.
Roses  Hostas Carnations

Imagine a custom paver, terra-cotta pot or porcelain tile in your flower bed!

Blackscape Studio enhances your beautiful outdoor space with both additional color and culture. Designed specifically for outdoor beautification, our decorations can be placed in your flowerbed or garden, next to your doorway or garage and is an awesome compliment on your deck, patio, or porch.

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