Spring Tips, Round 1

So we felt with Spring attempting to show its face, we wanted to share some tips for you DIY’s out there and those of you who want some variety in your landscape. Over the next 6-8 weeks we will have one post a week that focuses on “Spring Tips”. We hope that you enjoy them and if you have any questions please feel free to leave us a comment.Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.19.39 PM

With our first tip, we are going to talk about perennials and things to consider when choosing perennials for your yard. I think its also a good place to start because flowers are where most of our landscape’s color comes from and we haven’t had any color in our lives for a few months now, gives us something to look forward to.

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So, it is always important to first pick the flowers that have colors you like in your landscape. However, in my opinion, I think it is nice to see a larger contrast of colors in a landscape rather than having a few simple colors in your planting beds.

Another characteristic you want to be looking for when choosing perennials is how often they bloom. Is it just a one time bloomer or does it bloom again later in the year after the first push of flowers die. You want to get the most color out of your landscape, so if you can find something that blooms more than once or holds its flower throughout the summer that’s a plus.

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Something that is also important, especially in the midwest, when looking for perennials is what type of weather resistance the plan can withstand. Sometimes it can be pretty hot and humid without any precipitation in the summer months and if you have flowers that wont react well to the heat, your landscape will reflect that. Try and find a tougher plant that can weather through those hard months.

One last thing that is important to consider is the sun. Some plants do better in the sun than others. So, before you go out to the store and start buying plants that you like, make sure to check the area where you will be planting. Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 2.20.06 PMHow much sun does that area get? At what time during the day is the sun shining on that area? Is the area half sun half shade? Answering these questions will ensure that you will be able to plant the right perennials in the right locations.

The pictures located all throughout this post are examples of flowers that are very hardy and will do great in the Midwest States. Below I have a list of the names of the flowers from the first to last picture. (1) Yarrow (2) Peony (3) Daylily (4) Purple Coneflower

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