One of the delights of planting perennial flowers like Echinacea (Echinacea, also Coneflower) and Gaillardia (Gaillardia, also Blanket Flower) in your garden is that they return every year to bloom anew. The purchase of perennial flowers such as Coreopsis (Coreopsis, also Thickseed) or Leucanthemum (Leucanthemum, also Shasta Daisy) from your local garden center adds beautiful color and fragrant blooms to your garden, providing years of enjoyment. Gardeners have a particular fondness for easy-care perennials because they thrive with so little effort. Unlike annuals, perennial plants do not die or require re-planting every year. As their name implies, perennials continue to live and thrive in your garden year after year.
Fall is the time to stock up on perennial plants. As retail stores close down their summer garden centers, gardeners will be able to find some great sales on perennial plants. To clear stock, garden centers often discount perennials 50% or more off spring prices. Perennials planted from early to mid-September in northern states and through the end of September in southern states will have plenty of time to establish a viable root system before they go dormant for the winter.
Once planted, perennials require little gardening effort. Regular watering is recommended until the plants become established. Once established, occasional watering and fertilizing will promote robust flowering. As perennials continue to grow over the years, they can become too densely packed to bloom well. Roughly every other year, gardeners should divide perennial plants to promote best display. That’s one of the particularly nice things about having perennials in your garden. When you split them, you can share plants with fellow gardeners or plant them in a new section of your garden.