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Planting Perennials 

It’s officially Autumn and many of our summer blooms are fading fast as we start to think of cutting back plants and over-wintering but it’s also a great time to consider planting perennials. 

Planting Perennials in Autumn

You may think Spring is the best time but Autumn is actually perfect for planting perennials as the ground is still moist and warm. Leave them until Spring and you’ll need to wait for the soil to warm up for the roots to grow.

If you think about it, time spent now means a head start in the Spring when most of us are desperate for some colour and greenery in our gardens. Wait for Spring to start planting perennials and you’ll be waiting until the end of the season to see your plants flourish. 

Another advantage is that Autumn often brings some great offers so you can probably pick up some of your favourites at a bargain price, perfect if you are planning a new bed or want to freshen up a border! We are running our end-of-season sale throughout October with 30% off, so a great opportunity for some plant shopping! 

Planting Perennials – Where to Plant

It’s important that you pick the right plant for the right area of your garden. Perennials will thrive in your garden as long as you have given their location some thought. Is the soil too dry or too wet? Is the area sunny or shady? These factors will influence the plant’s success. Take time to research what you want to plant, our website has lots of information to help you, look for our plant specifications and care instructions as these highlight things to consider, for example, plant location, hardiness, and soil type, which are all important when planting perennials.

If you are looking to create beds and borders and want to grow a variety of perennials it is a good idea to locate them in a sunny spot with a little shelter from the wind. This will ensure you see great results when planting your perennials. If you are looking to add colour to a shady area in your garden there are solutions and we would suggest looking at the plant specification to see if it will grow well in shade but also if it is drought tolerant as shaded areas can be a little drier.

Planting Perennials – How to Plant

Planting is all about good soil preparation and aftercare. Our plants are delivered in containers so we suggest you position them before planting so you can get an idea of what your planted area will look like. (Remember to think about spacing, how much will the plant spread? You don’t want to overcrowd as nothing with grow well as they will compete with each other for water and light).

When planting perennials you need to ensure you prepare the soil well. Digging over the area is important and easy enough to do but if you are creating a new area you may want to consider double-digging, this is ideally done in the autumn and early winter while the ground is still moist. This process is only really required when creating a new area but if your soil is particularly poor you might want to factor in soil cultivation every 3-5 years.

It is also good to consider a soil conditioner as part of your planting process and the addition of a moisture-retaining compost that also aids nutrient retention. This will reduce the need for watering whilst also encouraging healthy, lush growth. Go for a compost that contains no peat, as it has been produced more environmentally friendly than other alternatives. 

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When you are happy with the location of your plants remove them gently from their containers. If the roots have circled at all, gently tease them out as this will encourage them to spread when in the ground. Using a trowel create a hole big enough to place the roots in, you are just looking to bury the roots so make sure you leave the stems exposed. You can then fill in around the roots with soil and then water. (Make sure you continue to water until your plant is established).

Planting Perennials – Aftercare

Of course, watering is important, particularly when you are establishing a plant but be careful not to overwater as plants don’t like to sit in soggy soil. 

Water under the foliage and not directly onto the plant, you shouldn’t need to feed your plants if you have got your soil preparation right but if you are concerned about poor growth you could add a liquid fertiliser 

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Having finished your planting you can sit back and wait to enjoy the fruits of your labour early in Spring. Be ready though as February will see the arrival of snails and slugs so be prepared, this article by lovethegarden may be of interest

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