Get More Bang for Your Buck. Plant Flowers Now That Bloom Year After Year.

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All flowering plants are not created equal. Annuals are flowers that grow for just one season while perennial flower plants come back year after year.

Because perennials return so reliably, they give you a lot of bang for your gardening buck. Look for them in many different colors, heights, and forms.

How to Plant Perennials:

  1. Before you plant, decide if your garden spot gets sun or shade. If it gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day, choose sun-loving perennials. Otherwise, pick plants that like part sun to shade.
  2. Turn the pot upside down. Tap on the bottom and shake it to remove the plant.
  3. Dig a hole at least twice as wide and as deep as the pot the plant comes in. Use the empty pot as your guide.
  4. Remove weeds, rocks or grass from the hole, and mix some compost into the soil.
  5. Gently loosen the roots, and put the plant in the hole. Keep the root ball at or just below ground level.
  6. Fill the hole with soil, gently firming it with your hands.
  7. Water thoroughly.
  8. Add 2-3” of mulch around the plant.

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