When it comes frugality and gardening, the two often don’t seem to go together. The cost of buying flowers and plants can often discourage frugal gardeners and cause them to rethink things. There’s no need to miss out on the wonderful pastime of gardening over the cost when you can buy perennials.
Perennials come in many forms from flowers, herbs, fruiting bushes and plants, to some vegetables. For the most part perennials are comparable to your larger annual baskets or trays. The beauty of these ever returning plants is they may be with you for years if planted in the right spot in your garden.
There is another plus to perennials, and that is they often spread and can be divided. A wisely chosen selection of perennials can lead to a lifetime of creating as you can transplant and divide perennials to create the most amazing arrangements in your gardens.
Be sure to purchase a variety to get continual color in the garden. Don’t forget evergreen plantings as they will provide structure and interest all year long, especially in the winter. It is also important to be mindful of how big the evergreen shrubs, roses or other larger perennials get.
If done well, a small investment in perennials can provide you with more plants than you can squeeze in. You may find yourself giving divisions away or selling the plants that spread beyond your needed spaces.
Perennials aren’t limited to flowers or shrubs, but you can also get some vegetables such as asparagus and some types of kale, fruiting plants and shrubs such as strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. Then there are the multitude of perennial herbs that can start out like a small plant and turn into a shrub such as rosemary or sage.
Then, if you do a small amount of research you can also include flowers and herbs that drop massive amounts of seeds and therefore return if the area is left undisturbed in the fall and winter. In the spring seedlings will pop up and give you many more plants in the area you planted them than you purchased. ‘Sweet William’ is a good representation of that.
All-in-all, perennials are the frugal gardener’s best friend and a necessity to gardening in style on a tight budget. Next time you venture out to buy plants, keep your eye keenly fixed on the label and look for ‘perennial’. Leave ‘Biennials’ alone unless you don’t mind missing out every other year on seeing flowers and sometimes foliage. Let the everlasting nature of perennials give new life to your garden.
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