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Planning Your Perennial Garden

June 18, 2021

You have perused the gardening magazines, scanned the amazing pics on Pinterest, and are now ready to plant your own perennial garden. Before you venture out to your favorite garden centre, its important to have some information in hand. Most garden centres who bring in or grow their own perennials will have picture tags on the pots. These tags hold information for success. Take a look at the desired spot before you buy or dig. Make a note on how the sun moves over the bed.


Here's a basic checklist to fill out before you shop for perennials:

Garden size: length____ & width____

Amount of sun:

  • 4 – 6 hours

  • 3 – 4 hours

  • less than 3 hours

  • all shade


Soil type:

  • sandy

  • clay

  • amended/enriched


Soil moisture:

  • wet

  • slightly moist

  • well-draining

  • dry


Other things to consider are plant height, colour choices and bloom time. If you want your garden to bloom through most of the growing season, then you have to seek out plants with different bloom times. Staggering heights, bloom times, foliage textures and foliage colours can provide you with a very stunning and impactful garden. 

Read the tag!

All the info you need to know about a plant can be found on the tag. Sun/shade, watering, height, bloom time, and a brief description of the plant habit can be found on either the front or the back. Each grower displays the details a little differently but it's all there if you look!


Pro tip:

Put the tag in the ground when you plant your perennial and next spring you won't forget what you planted where. Push it right down so it won't blow away!

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