By Judy Phan

If you've been growing a vegetable garden for a while, you might be feeling slightly disgruntled at how plain it is to look at. I too began my gardening career with a vegetable garden, but I decided that it wasn't quite as pleasing to look at as I would have liked. I heard from a friend that the use of perennial flowers could be a great way to liven up my garden without adding any extra work for me.

Perennial flowers are very strong and stout. Being a local flower they are found easily. After cultivating once they don't required to be replanted or done any extra task. In the off seasons the stems and flowers of Perennial die back. Again, in the time of blooming they shoot up at the place of old ones.

Before deciding whether to put in perennials or not, you need to make sure that your soil has proper drainage. If the water stays saturated for long periods of time, you should build a raised bed. To test, dig a hole and fill it with water. Wait a day, and then fill it with water again. All traces of water should be gone within 10 hours. If the hole isn't completely dry, you will need to build a raised bed.

To choose the type of Perennials is a bit complex procedure. You should aim at flowering them repeatedly during the year and to do so make a task outline for the next time frame. Study on types of Perennials and make flowering timeline. I assure you that you can get different kinds of flowers in different times if your plan is appropriate.

A custom seed mixture can be found in local nursery. These mixtures are developed for local weather which helps to have flowers grow always in the yard. If such mixtures are not found you need to consult with the employee about the right kind of mixture. You will find the best solution from them.

You should definitely use mulch when planting perennials. This will reduce the overall amount of work you have to do, by reducing the amount of weeds and increasing the water retention. Bark or pine needles work great, I have found, and depending on the rest of your yard you might have them on hand at no charge. As for fertilizer, you should use it sparingly once your plants start to come to life.

When you actually go to plant the seeds, you should put them in small, separate clumps according to the directions. This is because they tend to spread out, and if you have too many too close together then they will end up doing nothing but choking each other out. As you plant them, throw in a little bit of extremely weak fertilizer. In no time at all you should start to see flowers blooming up.

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