Gardening Basics: Perennials

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A perennial is a plant that comes back year after year. Usually, the top portion of the plant will die back and then come back the following year. Some perennials don’t die at all and some even stay green all year long. Perennials give gardeners a better structure to work with when designing and planting the garden because they will grow in the same spot from the same roots year after year. Their roots grow deeper and spread out and need more care than annuals because the garden bed needs to be prepared properly before planting, they need more fertilizer, and they need more pruning than annuals.

Some good perennials for the desert (plant hardiness zone 9A):

Hibiscus
Hibiscus – I have these in my front yard – they are so beautiful when they bloom!
Wisteria – I love the way this plant looks and smells! I may have to get one or two for my yard.
Wisteria – I love the way this plant looks and smells! I may have to get one or two for my yard.
Cone flower – So beautiful!
Cone flower – So beautiful!
Butterfly Bush – I love the color! I may have to get some of these as well!
Butterfly Bush – I love the color! I may have to get some of these as well!
Carnations – These come in so many colors and are great in just about any bouquet!
Carnations – These come in so many colors and are great in just about any bouquet!
Passion Flower – These are very interesting and beautiful plants. But, they really need partial sun, so be careful where you plant them.
Passion Flower – These are very interesting and beautiful plants. But, they really need partial sun, so be careful where you plant them.
Geranium – These also come in many different colors, and also like partial sun exposure. Be careful where you plant them so they don’t die from over exposure to the sun.
Geranium – These also come in many different colors, and also like partial sun exposure. Be careful where you plant them so they don’t die from over exposure to the sun.

 

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