Do It Yourself, Low-Maintenance Flower Planting - Easy Grow Perennials
From Gloomy to Vibrant Colored Flowers
When I first went to look at an old cape-cod house on the market, it was a very dismal March day here in upstate New York. In fact, there was a messy, wet, ice and snow covering the ground. I remember not being able to really investigate in the back yard due to the puddles of slosh.
The owner, a middle-aged blue-collar man still in his uniform, began to mention what was planted where, as I looked around at other details around the house exterior which needed much work. I have to admit my attention was elsewhere as he continued to mention flower and tree names I have never even heard of. You see, this is my first house, and I have never really had much gardening experience.
Needless to say I bought the house. Maybe a whole year had gone by first, before what I noticed the following spring/summer, much to my delight. A good portion of the house and backyard perimeter were lined with new, beautiful colors! "Well this was effortless," I said to myself. Ever since then, I began to water these beauties every spring and summer and they just keep growing more beautiful every year.
I wanted to share his care-free plantings...maybe you will have the perfect spot for some of them. A regular watering throughout the summer is really the only care needed! The photos really don't do enough justice, so imagine a bright green grass and sunny blue skies above as you look at my photos.
Keep in mind, my house is based on a strip of extremely 'sandy' filled soil. It is almost like the beach in some spots. Yet how these perennials bloom so vibrantly every year is a mystery to me, but a pleasant one at that.
Perennials of Your Choice
Of course, there are so many perennials to choose from. If you feel like researching to see what might best fit your landscape, soil, and climate conditions...the following link is very resourceful.
- List of Perennial Flowers With Descriptions
All types of perennial flowers listed in alphabeticall order with the botanical name first and the common name next. Climate zone and exposure information also available.