Perennial Color with Summer Bulbs Pollyann`s Bulb is a term many gardeners connect with Spring, but Summer has a plethora of color and exciting ...
Perennial Color with Summer Bulbs Pollyannâ€™s Bulb is a term many gardeners connect with Spring, but Summer has a plethora of color and exciting additions from bulbs, corms and rhizomes. If using these colorful plants in a cooler zone, gardeners can always lift them in Fall and replant in the Spring to keep them from freezing. Wintering over (lifting), I usually place bulbs in a paper bag of dry peat moss so that no light or water is allowed to touch the lifted bulbs. These bulbs add a special touch to any perennial bed and add unique shapes and colors. Dahlias alone can grow to 6â€™ and 1â€™ across while Tigridia stays small but splashes amazing colors into pots or gardens. Then there is the ease of division by simply looking for added bulbs that have grown during the season. Summer bulbs are just an added touch of fun and beauty. As an experienced landscaper (I am a Master Gardener and have 2 University degrees in Fine Art), I design gardens and research perennials that can provide visual impact to satisfy my clients from year to year. You can do it, too, with my help. I have developed this application to provide my expertise for plant choices, whether for size, color or fragrance. Over 20 years of research, planting, monitoring and risk taking with perennials became my obsession. During those years, I became quite frustrated at nurseries when the clerks had less knowledge than I had so I wanted to implement a method of having the information â€œIN MY HANDâ€ to get what I needed. This is the information and now it can go with anyone to find bulbs for a â€œPerennial Color with Summer Bulbsâ€. Plants were chosen for their aesthetic qualities as well as their individual strengths and placed in this format: Name (botanical and common) Zone (temperature requirements) Bloom time (length, duration of bloom or time that flowers are visible) Height (inches and centimeters) Bloom size (I find this very important and rarely noted on nursery tags) Planting Space (amount of space in the garden) Soil (requirements for best growth) Sun (how much sun) Bloom duration (yes, the length of blooming is important to any garden) Habit (how the plant acts in itâ€™s own space) Use (bouquets, fragrance, border plants, middle ground or background, foliage) Recommended (plants that would stand out) Companion plants (complimentary plants for color, size or season) Pronunciation guide (how to say the name) Deadhead (how to or whether to snip off spent blooms) Cutback (techniques for caring for the plant) Propagation method (how to get the plant to reproduce) Pest (what I know about bugs) Disease (what I know about afflictions) Ecology notes (special interest about the plant, TOXICITY) Gardenerâ€™s tip (something I think may be useful) Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Without clawing through hundreds of plant books (I have already done that) or reading online text for hours (hundreds of hours) you can choose perennial plants. This format should make it easy to take straight to any nursery (on foot or online) and ask, show or look for the correct perennial plant(s). 20 years of shopping, researching, and growing perennials are formatted for gardeners and landscapers to ease the frustration of â€œnot knowingâ€. Explore the varieties and colors. Smell the fragrance. Get the right size. And end the drama. Are you ready to plant? Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Peace, Pollyann
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