The Power of Perennials.

When planning your garden, plan for the future.

It’s not just about this season, or even the next.  Many of us don’t have a lot of time to spend in the garden.  Full time employment, full time parenthood, home maintenance and ongoing chores mean we’re full time busy.  However, gardening is good for us and if you have a garden, it’s worthwhile making it a pleasure rather than just another chore.

Here are some ideas as to how you can put in the time, thought and energy once and reap the rewards for years to come:

Xeriscaping:

Plan your garden so that it doesn’t need a lot of watering and endless care.  Xeriscaping makes the most of plants that grow naturally in your environment, meaning that they’ll survive and thrive on a minimum of attention.  It’s not only eco-friendly, it’s human friendly too!  See more about xeriscaping here.

Permaculture:

Permaculture is becoming a popular way for ordinary people with ordinary gardens to try their hand at urban farming.  If you fancy the idea of growing your own food and having a more sustainable lifestyle, then this is a practical option.  Choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables that are perennial rather than annual will help make permaculture an easy choice for those who like to plant once and reap twice, or three times or much more over subsequent years.

Choose Perennials rather than Annuals:

lavender is a drought tolerant plantAnnuals can be very pretty and brighten up the landscape immensely.  But plants that grow all year long, or die off in Winter only to re-emerge in Spring are a lot more productive. If you want to create an ongoing crop year after year, consider planting things such as:

Berries: raspberry, blueberry and some strawberry varieties will produce crops of fruit for years.

Rhubarb will keep on growing allowing you to harvest stalks almost forever!

perennial rhubarbFruit trees will also be a source of ongoing crops for years.  Apples, pears, cherries and plums are popular in this area.

Vegetables:  there are a few vegetables that will produce ongoing harvests.  Examples are perennial onions, asparagus, artichokes and chives.

Perennial Chives

Many herbs are perennial.  Examples are lavender, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, mint, majoram, curry plant, oregano and sage.  Many of these are quite drought tolerant  as well.  Learn how to spot a drought tolerant plant here.

For advice on how to create your own waterwise and productive garden, please feel free to visit with our professional horticulturalists in the nursery.

 

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