Choose flowers with a reputation for being sturdy and dependable. Coneflowers, Astilbes,
Coreopsis, Creeping Phlox, Veronica, and Black-Eyed Susans are beautiful flowers you can count
on. Select a mix of tall and short plants, since you'll put the tall ones in the back and the
short ones up front and along the sides of your garden bed.
Choose Your Location
Most people put their perennial gardens against a backdrop. Fences and garden walls are good
examples. Try to pick a spot that provides at least six hours a day of sunlight for your
sun-loving plants. If you area is too shady, plant shade-lovers, such as Hostas and Bleeding
Amend Your Soil
Many perennials do well in soil with good drainage. Where your soil stays wet, plant
Cardinal Flowers and other damp-loving varieties. You can enrich your soil with organic
materials and slow-acting granular fertilizers. Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers and
Vegetables and Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice Garden Soil can amend your soil well.
Perennials are hardy. They're not too fussy about when you plant them or move them. Most
perennials can be planted any time from the last frost through autumn. When planting or
transplanting, dig a hole that's twice as big as your container, then back-fill the hole.
Water and Feed
Young perennial plants need plenty of water.
You can easily water and fertilize at the same time with Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed®. If you
choose to feed your plants organically, use Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice All-Purpose Organic
Plant Food followed by a healthy dose of water.
After your plants have matured, apply a pre-emergent weed preventer, such as, Miracle-Gro®
Garden Weed Preventer®, throughout your garden bed to prevent weeds.
It also helps to spread approximately 2 inches of mulch around the plants, which prevents
weeds and keeps the soil moist.
As plants mature, divide perennials for additional starts.