The Mother’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving: Perennials

Mother's Day Concept-- Purple tulips with card on white backgrouWhen it comes to your mother, no ordinary gift will do. That’s where perennials come in. They’re the type of gift that keeps on giving. Perennials keep growing season after season. That’s why giving one as a gift is a thoughtful gesture.

Types of Perennials

There are a number of options to choose from. They come in plant and shrub forms. Many herbs are perennials. So are some varieties of roses such as the Julia Child and Pink Double Knock Out. Other options include the Strawberry Jar, Butterfly Buffet Collection, and the Hydrangea Anomala Petiolaris.

Perennials Grown in Containers

Caring for this type of plants is easy. If they’re in a container, dig a hole somewhat wider but no deeper than the pot. Loosen the roots. Spread them out if they’ve grown in circles around the pot. Fill in the hole with soil and water the plant well. This helps your perennials grow.

Bare-Root Perennials

Available in spring and sold as roots, bare-root plants are inexpensive but require a different planting method than container-grown plants. It’s recommended that you soak the roots in water before planting them in the ground.

Caring for Planted Perennials

After planting, follow these steps to care for them:• Water them well. • Add a layer of mulch two to three inches over the soil. • Stake delphiniums, hollyhocks, and peonies. • Anchor single stems with a rod. • Prevent plants from clumping by adding a hoop they can grow through.

The frequency in which you water your plants depends on the following factors:

• Climate • Soil Type • Sun and Shade ExposureWhen the top inches of soil are dry, then it’s time to water the plant.Perennials make a great Mother’s Day gift. When shopping for plants for your mom, read the stake in each carefully. Look for plants that specifically read perennials. Also, take note of how to care for each plant or shrub.Make Mother's Day great for years to come. Call (816) 875-9296 or contact an Expert.