I would never claim to be a Gardening Guru, honestly, the chances of a potted plant surviving more than one full month in our home is slim to none… I have a Killer Green Thumb, but I have always envisioned a home with an over abundance of flowers; in the gardens flowers are overflowing with glorious colors, vines climbing a white picket fence, creeping up the side of the chimney, little hidden stone walk ways, and flowers full of vibrant character and personality… I’m really good at envisioning, it is the implementing my vision which is the hard part.
Then I discovered Perennial Flowers… And the Joys (hidden joys to me) of Gardening took on a whole new life; First off, if you don’t already know, Perennial flowers are the ones you only need to plant one time. Two Things:
- It is OK if you had to Google what Perennial means, I did. I get Perennial and Annual flowers confused ALL the time and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
- Yes, you did read that right… I said ONE time and they will come back every year, unless you have ab Killer Green Thumb (It took 7 years, but I finally tamed mine).
This is why I collected 5 of my Favorite Perennial Flowers… They started theirs lives in our gardens AND survived… Coming from the Killer Green Thumb’s garden, that is smashingly WONDERFUL!
Bleeding Heart: Don’t let the name scare you off… OK the look of the plant can be a little odd as well, but this is what I LOVE the most about this flower; the character this plant’s bloom can add to a garden is stunning!
Tickseed: The tickseed is sweet and simple, while spreading out quite a bit in the garden. After 4 years, we have about 5 tickseed plants blooming in our gardens, they add height to the flower beds and the hint of yellow flower is bright and vibrant next to the annuals I plant around them.
Parfait Pinks: Unbeknownst to me, this is a Perennial Flower! And with this flower we hit the JACKPOT on the first try at gardening! I purchased these flowers under the assumption they are an annual (I have learned… READ the tags!), only to discover the following spring itty-bitty baby blooms! After 7 years, each of my little plants have grown 10x wider and taller, to the point I’m digging them up and replanting them throughout other areas of my gardens.
Blackeyed Susan: I am a huge fan of gerbera daisies, each time I think about them I need to smile. Since I have a Killer Green Thumb, a Blackeyed Susan and I are a match made in Gardening Heaven… My one suggestion; if you have a Killer Green Thumb like me, begin with the potted plant, not the bulbs. I tried about half a dozen times to start a Blackeyed Susan via a bulb, each time the poor thing didn’t make it. Then I wised up and started with a potted plant… I can’t believe how large and vibrant this plant has grown at my hand!
Shasta daisy: This flower reminds me of the gerbera daisy as well… They just make me HAPPY! HAPPY Garden, HAPPY Life… After lessons learne with the Blackeyed Susan, I purchased a few potted Shasta Daisies from the nursery, scattering them where there was an ’empty’ spot. They keep blooming brightly, and growing every year, and I’m HAPPY…
What are your favorite perennial flowers? I would LOVE to try some NEW flowers for our move to the new house.
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