Here’s what you need to know
June has been designated as Perennial Garden Month by the Perennial Plant Society. They chose June because that is when garden centers feature more perennials in larger sizes. It is also a time when there is a good selection of blooming perennials.
Perennial is a term used to describe plants that return every year. It can apply to all plants, except annuals and tropical plants. In gardening circles, when the term “perennial” is used, it is meant to refer to herbaceous plants that return every year. Herbaceous plants are those that do not have fixed woody stems. Simply put, perennials are plants that die and return to the ground every year.
The give and take between annuals and perennials are annual plants that will bloom all summer, then die back at the end of the season. Perennials have limited bloom times, but continue to grow and return each season.
There are hundreds of different types of perennials. Within these types, there can be several varieties. With proper planning, you can plant a perennial garden and always have something in bloom. With such a wide range of options, you can find a perennial to suit any planting location. It grows in full sun, deep shade, dry soil, moist soil, and everything in between.
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Native perennials are also easy to find. These are the best plants for attracting pollinators and other wildlife to your garden. There are also many non-native perennials that will work well in your pollinator garden.
As we head into summer, I will say again that it is never too late to plant. June is a great time to start a perennial garden. It’s also a great time to add some perennials to existing gardens.
June is also the time when hydrangeas begin to bloom. Hydrangea is a very popular shrub, but it also causes some confusion because there are so many options. Before you buy a hydrangea, you need to know where you will plant it because it grows in different types of locations.
The most colorful varieties are the first to bloom. These are known as Macrophylla species. Flower colors depend on the variety and can range from white to blue, as well as pink and red. These varieties like to be planted in the sun or where they get indirect light. Some of these varieties have a bad reputation because they do not bloom reliably, because the flowers are produced on old wood. This does not apply to all of these types.
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The most reliable trousers are those of the Paniculata type. These bloom on productive growth this season. Most are white, with a few varieties that start out white and turn pink. It thrives in hot sun and will not thrive well if shaded.
If you have a shaded area, it is best to use the Quercifolia variety. These are known as oakleaf hydrangea, which is a description of the foliage. Similar to Paniculatas, it blooms white and turns pink. This variety will do well in sun or shade. I love it because it will grow and thrive in heavy shade where most other plants do not.
There are other types, but the ones mentioned are my favorite. Hydrangeas are like ice cream for the garden. There are many flavors and there will be at least one for even the most difficult ones. They come in sizes from 3 feet to 8 feet tall, with varieties for sun, shade, and everything in between. Flowers come in different shapes and colors.
Spring fever may be over, but you can still get excited about all the gorgeous plants that will create a summer display in your garden.