This post is sponsored by Endless Summer®. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own.
Last summer I put my son Erik in charge of beautifying the landscape around our studio. (He likes to call himself the “Keeper of Keys and Grounds at OGT,” much like Hagrid from the Harry Potter series.) Part of his beautification project was to plant flowers underneath the windows on the front side of the studio.
Since perennials are my favorite flowers to plant, he did some research and selected some beautiful hydrangeas to go in under the windows! I’ve always loved perennials and have them planted throughout flower beds at home. Unfortunately, we did our planting well into the long, hot summer, and they just didn’t have enough time to take root before winter came. So today I wanted to share some more information about perennials, including why I love them so much, and how to plant them successfully so you don’t run into the same problems we did! :-)
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My love affair with perennials started way back when I was a California girl. My mom has always kept a garden, and I loved seeing her perennials blossom every year. When my husband and I moved to Utah about 20 years ago, I was eager to fill my own flower beds with perennials! The magic of perennials is even more pronounced here in Utah, because our harsh winters force perennials into hibernation, unlike California.
But after the snow melts, my perennial beds literally spring back to life with blossoms that last throughout the summer. It’s something I look forward to with great anticipation every year. Not only do they “come back” every year, but they come back bigger and better than the year before! For instance, I planted peonies by our front door a few years ago, and I swear that plant has tripled in size and blooms since I planted it. That’s what I love about perennials – you plant it once, and then enjoy it year after year!
Selecting the Right Perennials
Since our poor hydrangeas didn’t survive the winter, my son Erik did some more research and discovered a new variety that we decided to plant this spring. We chose hydrangeas from Endless Summer® called BloomStruck®, for several reasons. First, the BloomStruck® variety is more heat-resistant than most hydrangeas, which is great for our sweltering summers. Second, all varieties of Endless Summer® hydrangeas blossom from spring to fall, meaning we can enjoy those beautiful flowers for most of the year. (I recently learned that hydrangeas are actually flowering shrubs, so technically they aren’t really perennials. But they do grow back like perennials do, so that’s close enough for me!) :-)
Another fun thing about Endless Summer hydrangeas is that you can actually control what color of blossoms you get. No kidding! Endless Summer® offers two products called Color Me Pink and Color Me Blue. All you do is sprinkle the product into the soil around the plant and in alters the pH level, which, in turn, changes the color of the blossom the plant produces. You can apply it at the time of planting, or apply it around established plants. Cool, right?
While hydrangeas are probably my favorite perennial, I have MANY others planted around my home. Some of my other faves include Purple Coneflower, Peony, Delphinium, Shasta Daisy, Columbine and Lavender, and every spring I try at least one new one! It’s so much fun!
Be sure and take the time to research what perennials will grow best where you live. Your local University Extension office is a great resource for all kinds of information about gardening in your specific area!
Planting in The Ground
Planting perennials is the most work you’ll have to put into them, and it really couldn’t be more simple! To plant our Endless Summer® hydrangeas, Erik dug a hole that was slightly larger than the pot. Then he and I worked together to remove the plants from the pots (making sure to loosen up the roots to give them room to grow,) and place the plant into the hole so that the top of the soil was level with the ground. (It’s also helpful to throw some good rich compost or potting soil in the hole as well.) Then he filled the remaining space with soil, and dug a shallow channel around the plant to help retain water.
To water the plant in properly, fill the channel with water and let it drain. Finally, fill the channel once more with water, and you’re done! Water the plants thoroughly every few days, making sure that the soil around the plants stays moist (but not wet.) Adding mulch around your perennials will help with water retention and can help keep the roots of the plant cool, which keeps it from drying out. Plus, it makes your flower beds looks nice!
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Planting in Pots
I usually plant annuals in my flower pots, but you can plant perennials in pots, too! Just fill your pots with potting soil, leaving about 3 inches between the top of the soil and the rim of the pot. Plant your perennial in the soil and give it a good watering. Endless Summer hydrangeas prefer a good soak every so often, as opposed to lighter, more frequent waterings. Simply use your hose to water the pot until the water reaches the rim of the pot. The water will soak into the soil and drain out through the drainage holes.
Endless Summer® hydrangeas are easy to overwinter, both in-ground plants and potted ones. They don’t require very much at all by the way of pruning, but they do need to covered in a thick layer of mulch. The mulch helps insulate the plants against the cold winter temperatures.
Potted hydrangeas should be stored in the garage over the winter months, and should be lightly watered since it won’t receive water from snow or rain. When springtime returns, remove the mulch layer and enjoy another “endless summer” full of beautiful blossoms!
I am so excited about our new hydrangea babies! I’ll be sure and keep you updated as they grow. :-)
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Endless Summer Hydrangeas. The opinions and text are all mine.