Bedding Plants (annuals/perennials)

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Minnesotans know that we have a lot more than snow and ice here! When temperatures warm, many people celebrate with bedding and potted plants and flowers throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Thanks to the many thriving nursery, landscaping, and greenhouses businesses in this state, we have many options in perennial and annual plants! Purchasing local plants ensures that they are suited for a unique Minnesotan environment. To find out more about annuals and perennials, read the information below from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

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Annuals:

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Annuals are flowers used in the garden or landscape for one growing season only. Typically, annuals are planted in the spring and bloom for most of the summer. They are then killed by the first hard frost. Many people use annuals in hanging baskets, planter boxes, mixed with perennial plants and shrubs, and anywhere one might enjoy an extra splash of color for the season. Many annuals provide food for hummingbirds and butterflies! Check with your nursery professional to see which flowers are best.

Care and Planting:

To ensure a healthy annual, plant after the danger of frost is past. Most annuals like warm soil, three exceptions are Alyssum, Snapdragons, and Pansies which can be planted earlier. Make sure your soil is lose, healthy, and well drained before planting your annual. After planing, mulch can assist in keeping down weeds and retaining moisture and temperature. Water your annual thoroughly after planting, and ensure regular watering for hanging baskets and containers!

This information has been provided by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

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Perennial plants bloom during the growing season, die in the fall, and then come up again each spring. There are literally hundreds of varieties of perennials to choose from with an almost infinite variety of blooming times, color and texture. By using an assortment of perennials, you can have a variety of color throughout the growing season and even cut flowers for your home!

Perennial care:

Since perennials will occupy their spot in the garden for several years, good soil preparation is important! A well-drained soil with high organic matter is ideal for these plants. Additionally, mulching can help keep the soil cool and moist and reduce weeds. In the winter, a four to six inch layer of leaves, marsh hay, or stray will provide protection for shallow rooted perennials. If you would like your perennials to stop spreading, a rock mulch is recommended.

This information has been provided by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

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