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  Q & A


1. What is a perennial garden?
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2. Are there many varieties of perennial plants available for our area?
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3. Arenít perennial gardens hard to maintain?
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4. Whatís the most important thing to consider when planning a garden?
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5. How long will it take for my garden to bloom?
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6. Do all perennial plants need to be divided?
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7. What do you take into consideration when planning a garden?
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8. Are your plants guaranteed? What happens if one dies?
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Q.
What is a perennial garden?

A.
A perennial garden has plants installed that are hardy to the zone in which they are planted and unlike annual gardens, do not need to be re-planted every year. 

Some perennials are considered 'tender' perennials and will survive only until a harsh winter kills them off.

When initially installing a perennial garden it's realistic to expect a 10% loss the first year. Those perennials that survive first winter go on to mature and multiply. 

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Q.
Are there many varieties of perennial plants available for our area?

A.
There are thousands of perennials available for our area. Some are Native to our region, while other perennials can adapt to our zone since they are hardy in the same zone in another part of the world.  

Seems that many plants from China are also hardy to our area since they're from same latitude.  However, it's often difficult for the average homeowner to purchase many of the perennials, for they are only available to purchase wholesale. Thus professional landscapers have a wider source of availability. 

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Q.
Are perennial gardens hard to maintain?

A.
Perennial gardens are no more difficult to maintain that annual gardens.  Both have their place in the landscape.  Advantage of Annuals is their length of bloom time.. however they are lost at first frost of winter and must be re-planted the following year. 

Perennials are much hardier and can withstand a frost, however, they often require some effort during the season.  Deadheading will promote longer bloom time with both annuals and perennials.  

Perennials will need to be fertilized about every 6wks to promote root growth and a stronger bloom. Weeding of the garden is often necessary until the perennials are established. 

Many perennial gardens will adapt to water provided by 'Mother Nature' (though watering young gardens or gardens in distress often a benefit to maintaining healthy plants).

Mulching the beds will protect them from summer heat and help retain moisture around plant while protecting the crown in winter (as mulch decomposes and provides nutrients it is necessary to replace the mulch).  

Maintaining perennials gardens is like housecleaning, for a clean garden is a healthier environment for them to live in. 

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Whatís the most important thing to consider when planning a garden?

A.
When planning a garden the most important part to me is Style. In the planning stages of the garden,  I work with the homeowner to find out what garden image they want the garden to portray when mature. What will a person see as they view it? Will it be formal and manicured, wild and natural, eclectic cottage style ....?

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Q.
How long will it take for my garden to bloom?

A.
Perennial gardens will bloom the first year planted, however, they will bloom more profusely in the second year, and by third year they will have matured enough to provide a real show of color.  

The bloom of a perennial is dependent upon nutrients provided in the soil.  All plants need phosphates in order to bloom, and if the soil becomes depleted it is necessary to replace the nutrients in order for the perennials to continue blooming in the garden.

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Q.
Do perennial plants need to be divided?

A.
Perennials have a way of maturing and thus multiplying either thru seedlings or off shoots from the original plant.  After 3-4 years the bed can become crowded and require the perennials to be divided, thus allowing perennials to have adequate water and nutrients.

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Q.
What do you take into consideration when planning a garden?

A.
When designing a garden I take into account the light conditions of the site. Will the garden have full sun more than 6 hours per day, part shade 4-6 hours, or shade less than 4 hours per day. This will greatly effect choice of plant material. 

Soil conditions will alter choice of plant material ..well drained areas or moist and damp ..humus or clay??  Style of home or area? How much maintenance time will be provided??

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Q.
Are your plants guaranteed? What happens if one dies?

A.
Guarantee on plants can only cover trees and shrubs (if provided proper watering and care). It is not possible to guarantee perennials because of too many variables, such as the harshness of winter or the water conditions throughout a season.

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