What to know and love about perennials
- Dormant root structures bursts forth growth every year
- In temperate zones, some perennials never die back
- Most perennials provide a good show of blooms in their second growing season
- Hardy perennials are those that survive a winter season
If you are considering what to plant in your garden, or you are landscaping or revamping an area of your yard, you may be thinking about planting perennials. In the simplest terms, perennials are plants that live year after year. Most perennials grow strong roots and foliage the first year. For most, blooming begins in the second growing season. With the first fall freeze, your perennials may completely die back, or they may retain some above ground foliage in more temperate zones. In all cases, a living, dormant root structure is underground and this hallmark is what all perennials bear. Though perennials do require pruning and maintenance, their longevity makes it worth the effort. With a bit of planning, an entire flower bed may be filled with a variety of perennial plants, allowing for continuous blooming as one plant ends and another one flowers, year after year.