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Protect Perennials For Winter



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Now that we are in the middle of Winter how are you unprotected flowerpot perennials doing?  If you havenít taken any steps to protect them this will be your last chance.  Snow and freezing temps can really dish out a beating on your outdoor potted plants.  Without these added steps they can become damaged and possibly not make it till next Spring.

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When looking at your potted rosebushes, flowers, and grasses you need to decide if they need to be cut back so by next spring new growth will appear.  Maybe the planters, want to keep all the dead foliage as a layer of protection from the cold weather, then itís best to leave it alone. 

We all know how a planter of roses needs to be cut back to ensure next seasons growth.  Whether you decide to cut back or leave as is the perennial garden containers you have they all can use a nice dose of mulch.  Mulch will act as a barrier between the cold and freezing roots.  Lay a blanket of fall leaves, some shredded hay or a layer of pinecones, rocks or nuts in the shell.  Create a blanket for the potting mix and plants roots to sleep in comfortably.

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Potted grasses have become very popular over the last few years. They provide a unique almost contemporary look to your homes landscaping and outdoor décor.  They love to be cut back to not only keep them looking their best but to help them conserve their energy during the cold winter months.  Come Spring they will grow again in the colorful vibrant foliage you desire.

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Hydrangea planters donít need to be cut back but if you do so you will be richly rewarded with larger blooms next Spring.  If you choose not to cut them back or just missed the time of year to do so donít worry.  Come next Spring you will still get smaller flowers but the older branches will grow studier.

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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 2:48:46 PM 

Perennials In Flowerpots



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It's that time of year again to be thinking about cleaning out those winter worn flowerpots and planting new flowers.  If of course you are into perennials then you won't have to do that.  A perennial flower will last longer or apparently infinite amount of time if the conditions are good.  Basically they come back every year.  You only need to plant them once.

Now doesn't that sound good?

When choosing perennials for your garden containers, first pick one that will be the dominant center and then choose at least two others with foliage and flowers that contrast or blend with the primary plant.

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Thank about foliage color because it will dominate the planter and determine which flowers best suit the design.  Also think about the ultimate size of the plants and make sure they won't overwhelm the garden container as they grow.

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Honestly, we love them overflowing and spilling down the sides of the planter.  It adds so much color, fragrance and beauty to your porch or patio areas.  If you are using a basic terra-cotta planter you won't care how much of the planter is covered by plant growth.  If on the other hand you purchase an expensive Frank Lloyd Wright Sandstone Planter than you would like the container to show to back off on the amount of perennials you plant.  Pretty simple stuff.

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Perennial containers are much easier to care for than annuals.  They require less deadheading and deadleafing.  You can water them less often and they stay looking nice till after Labor Day.  They will last all summer and look lovely the whole time.  Try experimenting with different types to see if you can have full blooms from start of summer to end before they become dormant for Autumn and Winter.

Potted Perennials are colorful, fun and long lasting. Enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 9:41:01 AM 



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