It is June and planting flowers and vegetables are on everyone’s mind.
Many of our customers wonder if they should be planting perennial flowering plants or annuals in their flower gardens. We don’t have a preference but below is information to help you decide.
Perennial plants only have to be planted once, and they come back year after year. This is a very convenient attribute. However, the “bloom time” of perennials is often short, no more than two or three weeks. Common New England perennials are Echinacea, Daylilies, Astilbe, and Yarrow.
Annuals, on the other hand, must be planted every year but will often bloom until October or even November with proper care. Common New England annuals are petunias, begonias, marigolds, and impatiens. So like everything in life, there are pros and cons to both perennials and annuals.
Perhaps the best answer is to plant both in your garden. Perennials often grow bigger over time but annuals provide flexibility when it comes to color and placement. When you have a good mix of perennials and annuals, your garden will provide color all summer.
Remember to water and fertilize your plants. There are soil amenities you can add to support growth like Osmocote which can be sprinkled into the garden at any time and will provide a slow release of nutrients over four to six months. Organic fertilizers carried in our Garden Center include Espoma and Neptune’s Harvest products. Our specialists in Garden Center are always happy to help with advice and product selection.
For your vegetable gardens, make sure they get enough sun – six to eight hours is preferred and make sure to keep them watered. If you are having problems with critters, we carry a wide range of repellents including organic choices. Good care will result in delicious fresh vegetables. Nothing tastes as good as freshly picked tomatoes, cucumbers, squash or herbs like basil and rosemary!
So good luck with your gardening. The staff at Lovell’s Florist and Nursery are here seven days a week for your convenience. Come visit and delight in the myriad of colors and scents of this beautiful season.