Design a Showy Flowerbed with These 5 Easy-Care Perennials
Costa Farms gardening expert, Justin Hancock shares valuable design tips for selecting and planting perennials and ideal companion plants. Because they come back year after year, require little watering, are long-blooming, and offer a variety of textures, shapes and colors, Hancock says perennials are the backbone of any beautiful garden. He suggests starting with these five beautiful, easy-care perennials to instantly transform any garden.
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Sedums with Nectar-Rich Blooms
Another easy-care perennial is sedum. Hancock describes them as the “workhorses of perennials.” Almost impervious to heat, drought, and disease, sedums get bigger and better each year. Most sedums bloom in late summer and fall, but the lush greenery looks healthy all season long. Their nectar-rich blooms are a favorite with butterflies, bees and other pollinators.
Sun-Loving |Zone: 4-9 |Bloom Time: Mid-summer
Companion Plant: Thyme
Another sun-loving ground cover, Thyme has fine, pretty leaves which contrast nicely with the bolder, fleshier leaf of sedum. Both are great for creating a carpet of color.
Sedums perform well in rock gardens and are ideal for softening hot, dry spaces. For a great effect, plant creeping varieties in rock walls where they can cascade down.