Monday, August 20, 2012

Mrs. Gosling, How Does Your Garden Grow? Phase 2

GARDENING 101/ "things that make you go hmmm ..."

Perennials and Annuals

Purple Viola


1. of, for, or pertaining to a year; yearly.


1. lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty.

Short and sweet:   Annuals have to be replanted every year and perennials can be planted once and will (hopefully) become permanent plantings in your garden.  Think per...per-ennials, per-manent.

Annuals are a great way to spruce up your house with COLOR!  They are primarily used for garden boxes, containers and color accenting.  

Perennials are the ultimate money-stretching-budget-friendly plant.  Most perennials start off small and get much larger through the years.  They generally spread on their own and can be dug up (in early spring), divided and transplanted elsewhere.  A great idea for perennials is to plant swap.  You can get a few of your friends together, make a list of what perennials you have, invest a day splitting them and then SWAP,and enjoy a tall glass of wine!
Here are some shots of my own annuals and perennials! 
Pink Sedum perennial.  Started off as 1 large plant (thanks neighbor) and I now have 7.

Annual Coleus.  These are fabulous plants for containers or the ground.  They can get very large!!!!
Perennial HOSTA!  Honestly, my fave!  They are so forgiving and will get HUGE.  I moved into our house in 2008 with 2 of these and I now have over 20.  I split them every spring.  You can also use them as fillers in containers.

My front step!  I bought a hanging basket of New Guinea impatients (be careful, they like filtered sun but not direct).  I added a trailing Vica Vine that will last through the fall.  When the impatients are done, take them out and add some mums.

Salvia perennial.  Very pretty and hardy, long lasting purple stalks and greenery through the season.

Ta Ta for now,

Mrs. Kelly Comment:  I like the Coleus.  Also, should we be patient, or "impatient?" 

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