How do I plant perennials?

It's best to plant most perennials in early spring or early fall. Read the planting tips on the seed packet or pot.

The earlier in the Spring growing season, the smaller the container and the less expensive the plant will be. Perennials in 4-inch (10 cm) pots may look small, but they are actually easier to establish in the garden than larger plants.

Look for signs of vigor in a nursery plant: healthy green leaves just coming out, either right by the soil or on a branch. Avoid plants with yellow, limp leaves or those that are root-bound.

Buy perennials in bloom if you want to be sure of the color.

To plant:

  • After preparing soil, dig hole deep enough to hold root ball.
  • Remove pot, break up root ball if root-bound.
  • Place root in hole, fill with water.
  • Refill with soil. Root ball should be slightly below soil surface.
  • Water a second time.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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