Annuals & Perennials
At Meadow View we strive to always have wide variety of perennials and annuals in stock. Here are a few hints for caring for your plants:
These are plants that must be replanted every year, or “annually.” Most of the colorful, long blooming flowers fall into this category, such as geraniums, petunias, and begonias. They will give you gorgeous flowers for their season but will not last from year to year.
If you plant annuals in the right location, taking care of them is not too complicated. Regular watering, especially if the annuals are in containers or hanging baskets, is the most important thing to remember to keep them healthy and blooming. Some, such as petunias, may need to have their spent blossoms removed in order to make room for new ones. Almost all will benefit from a regular dose of fertilizer as they use nutrients from the soil. A few tend to get leggy and will benefit from a mid-season trim.
These plants are those that you can count on to come back. They have a shorter bloom time than annuals do but make up for that by the variety of sizes, colors, and textures that return to your garden year after year. Coneflowers, daylilies, and peonies are popular perennials in our area.
To get the most out of your perennial garden, we suggest planting several different types with different bloom times throughout the year. In this way, you can have continuous color without the burden of replanting every year. They look best when planted in odd numbers, such as groups of three or five. Some will need to be staked to look their best, and many prefer to be dead-headed. For information on specific perennials, please feel free to ask!