The Basics of Perennials

Here are some of the basics for perennials to help you choose, plant, and care for them year after year.

Perennials are plants that come back year after year

      • Unlike annuals which only last one or two seasons and then die back, most perennials bloom for weeks to months and then rest until next year when they reemerge and bloom again

There are many perennials to choose from

      • Perennials range from short plants used as a ground cover to large plants used to anchor landscapes
      • Some of our favorite perennials include:
        • Daylilies
        • Salvia
        • Echinacea
        • Rudbeckia

To plant a perennial follow these steps:

      • To plant perennials
          • dig a hole that is twice the size of the pot
          • Mix the native soil at a 50/50 ratio with Pike Planting Mix
          • It’s important that you amend our hard, clay soil with planting mix
          • The planting mix helps break up the soil making it easier for the roots to develop and provides better drainage
          • Backfill the hole so it is the same depth of the pot
          • Sprinkle a handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and mix it in the soil
          • EB Stone Sure Start will help prevent transplant shock and provide the plant with needed nutrients
          • Remove the perennial from its pot and
          • plant the perennial in the hole
          • Fill the hole with the remaining soil
          • Gently tap the soil down to remove any air pockets
          • Water your newly planted perennially thoroughly 
      • It’s important to keep your newly planted perennials well watered as they establish
        • Different perennials need different amounts of water so adjust accordingly
        • If you’re not sure how much water the perennials you selected need, just ask a Pike Nurseries Associate


Perennials are a great addition to the garden and will reward you by coming back for years to come. Visit your neighborhood Pike Nurseries and decide which perennials are just right for your garden.