With many perennials it seems to take a full three years to begin to take hold and bloom exuberantly. At least that is my experience.
Like my white clematis. Every year the amount of blooms at any one time has increased.
However the Lamb’s Ear above took only one year to gain traction. I purchased a gallon container of it last year at Southwoods, and it is at least four times its original size just one year later.
I learned my lesson with Lamb’s Ear. In the past I always bought a smaller container of it and it never came back after winter.
Last year when I bought the bigger size I imagine the roots were more firmly established. And so the plant took off quickly.
Lesson learned. Go for the bigger size with perennials. Especially when you garden in containers. For containers don’t provide as much protection come winter than plants in the ground.
This year I purchased yarrow in the bigger container to add to my perennials.
Yarrow is pest-resistant, drought-resistant, it attracts butterflies, and is excellent for cutting and drying. This particular yarrow will have yellow blooms.
The plant is also an aromatic herb which has many healing properties. From what I’ve read, Yarrow is considered fairly maintenance free.
I’ve had my yellow rose bush for three to four years. And this year there are more yellow roses at this point in the season than there were last year.
It’s become really big while in the largest container in my garden.
I don’t even know if I can find a pot bigger than this one, which is 24 inches round.
I also added two gallon containers of the same type of salvia to my garden this year. I’m hoping the salvia will come back and attract butterflies for years to come.
I also added two containers of daisies to the blue garden bed.
And one daisy came back in the galvanized containers from last year to my delight. It hasn’t produced blooms yet this year.
You can see it peeking through the other plants below.
I also added a Rock ‘N Grow Bundle Of Joy Stonecrop Sedum to my container gardens. You can see it below on the far left bottom side of the photo next to the lavender verbena.
Unfortunately the Sedum Autumn Joy I’ve had for six years was taken over by pests. And it was always so healthy. But these things happen.
So I added this sedum to my garden. Maybe one day I’ll come across Sedum Autumn Joy again, but I didn’t see it at the nursery this year.
This plant will burst into color for fall interest. During cold winter months, this plant will still provide color to the landscape.
I think I’ve covered all the perennials I introduced to my patio garden this year.
I always learn best by trial and error, regardless of how many gardening articles I read. I hope my tips will help you with adding perennials to your own garden space.