How To Use Biennials & Perennials In Landscaping Your Garden

Written by Paul Curran


Biennials are generally very beautiful plants, with most attractive flowers. They are somewhat more trouble forrepparttar gardener, since they keep growing during their first year and do not bloom untilrepparttar 113355 second. Their great advantage is that their seeding stage produces new plants which will bloom again two years later, making it unnecessary to plant additional seeds.

The biennials are usually plant ed in early summer and transplanted to good soil when they are large enough to handle. It is a good idea to pot them at this time, particularly in areas where plants cannot be left outdoors all winter. In some cases, they can be transplanted to a coldframe, and then placed inrepparttar 113356 flower bedrepparttar 113357 following spring. The requirements of careful soil preparation apply to biennials as well as annuals.

After planting, if you want a continuous new growth of plants, it is best not to weed and cultivate too assiduously. If a really fastidious biennial patch is planted, it will be necessary to replacerepparttar 113358 plants with new ones each year.


Perennials arerepparttar 113359 basic flowers of any garden. Each year they die and renew themselves forrepparttar 113360 next growing season.

They are long-lived and last for many seasons. Perennials are also, historically, among our oldest plants. They have been cultivated for centuries and often, as a result of breeding and crossbreeding, bear no resemblance to their wild forebears. In some ofrepparttar 113361 perennials,repparttar 113362 blossoms have become so specialized through centuries of cultivation that they no longer grow 'seeds.

How To Propagate Seeds Outdoors

Written by Paul Curran

Annuals can be grown readily from seed in most cases. The method of growing depends uponrepparttar delicacy or hardiness ofrepparttar 113354 seed, and may require planting in frames or pots initially, transferring torepparttar 113355 bed only whenrepparttar 113356 weather is sufficiently mild andrepparttar 113357 plants well grown.

Many perennials and biennials may also be propagated from seed. This method, however, is not suited to all perennials, and some ofrepparttar 113358 methods already discussed will yield more fruitful results. Typical perennials which can be propagated from seed are: Hollyhock, Christmas rose, Columbine, Bleeding heart, Baby's breath, Foxglove, Butterfly weed, Primrose, Larkspur.

Depending onrepparttar 113359 variety of seed, most annuals and perennials which can be grown by this method can be planted in seedbeds out doors. The time for planting varies. A few can be sown in autumn, but most, however, should be sown in spring, and, to be safe, not beforerepparttar 113360 last frost has passed.

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