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Perennials The Basics


The Basics of Perennials

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 different 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
  • Coreopsis
  • Lantana

Planting Perennials

  1. Dig a hole that is twice the size of the po
  2. Mix the native soil at a 50/50 ratio with Pike Planting Mix
  3. It's important that you amend our hard, clay soil with planting mix
  4. The planting mix helps break up the soil making it easier for the roots to develop and provides better drainage
  5. Sprinkle a handful of Dr. Earth RootZone in the bottom of the hole and mix it in the soil
  6. Dr. Earth RootZone will help prevent transplant shock and provide the plant with needed nutrients
  7. Remove the perennial from its pot and
  8. plant the perennial in the hole
  9. Fill the hole with the remaining soil
  10. Gently tap the soil down to remove any air pockets
  11. 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