Inexpensive garden plants that can “easily live for 50 years” with little effort
Plants are usually divided into two categories; Annuals and perennials. Gardeners should expect to replant annuals every year, although they tend to be cheaper in cost. On the other hand, perennials can last a long time without having to be replanted.
According to Blythe Yost, co-founder and CEO of Tilly, an online landscape design website, some perennials can last for decades with lasting vigor. While perennials are more expensive, Blythe said they can be beneficial in the long run.
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Speaking to Express, she said: “Plants like peonies and irises will easily live for 50 years if left undisturbed. Peonies may be one of the longest-lived perennials, so they are definitely worth the investment.”
With peonies, she cautions enthusiastic gardeners against growing them in their forever home because they don’t like being moved. Once they are planted and starting to grow, another tip is to add mesh stakes around them to prevent them from tipping over.
Siberian and African iris are two species that will persist in gardens with little attention – providing an easier solution for those with little time. All irises, including those that bloom, should be divided every few years to promote flowering, but they will survive even without the extra attention.
Meanwhile, other plants such as coreopsis and nepeta have a shorter life span, but can be lengthened by regular division. Typically, gardeners tend to choose to grow “showy” annuals that need to be transplanted again and again after they die.
Although these flowers last longer through the season, once they fade from the garden, they are gone forever.
“Perennials typically have a shorter flowering cycle than annuals,” Blythe previously explained. She went on to advise gardeners that a little work goes a long way and they should cut back their perennials in the fall in order to create gorgeous full blooms in the spring. Among the perennials that gardeners can plant, some will have shorter flowering cycles and may remain dormant during rest periods when flowers do not appear.
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