Perennial Plants

The Top 3 Benefits of Gardening with Perennial Plants

Every homeowner dreams of a beautiful garden thriving with delicious organic edibles and colourful ornamentals that can be enjoyed all year round. Unfortunately, achieving this is not always an easy feat, especially if you’re not armed with the right plant knowledge. If you’re looking to fill your outdoor space with a beautiful selection of sustainable, long-lasting plants that will just keep on giving and giving, then you need to turn your attention to perennial plants.

All plants have unique life cycles and requirements in order to survive, and a perennial plant is a plant that lives for more than two years. Growing and blooming during the spring and summer months, and then dying back down over the autumn and winter months, and then returning again in the months of spring from their roots, rather than seeding themselves as annuals do. Besides being the secret to a sustainable all-year-round garden – here are the top 3 reasons why you should garden with perennial plants:

#1 Perennials are Natural Native Pollinators for Bees, Butterflies and Birds

Any sized garden can attract and support pollinators, all you need is the right plants. And it just so happens that by nature of design, perennials make excellent pollinator-friendly gardens. Perennials are plant nectar and pollen rich, and through their radiant colours, blooms and nectar, they send triggers that attract bees, butterflies and birds throughout each season of the year. A pollinator garden filled with perennials will not only attract and support bees, birds and butterflies, but it will also improve the overall health of your ecosystem.

#2 Perennials Multiply

Did you know that perennials spread and reproduce? If you want to divide them, then all you need to do is cut apart the roots, divide and replant them. It’s as easy as that. Just think about it – one plant can give you an endless supply to move around and plant in different parts of your garden. In fact, you’ll have so much that you’ll be giving them away to friends and family. However, not everyone is a natural permaculturist, so before you start cutting roots apart, make sure that you have the season right.

#3 Perennials Help Preserve Water

Increasing access to water has become a high priority in South Africa, especially in Gauteng, where drought is more prevalent. And if you’re someone who cares about preservation and sustainability, then these are the right types of plants for you. Where drinking water is scarce for human consumption, it really doesn’t make much sense to use so much of it on your plants, and this is exactly what perennials allow for. Requiring very little water, perennials only demand water while they are in the root stage. Thereafter, these plants are able to fend for themselves. What this means is that you can leave them and they will keep on growing and thriving.

If you’d like to establish a thriving garden that is low maintenance, drought resistant, provides permanent colour year after year, and attracts bees, birds and butterflies, then contact us at Windy Willows in Johannesburg. We stock over 200 varieties of indigenous and exotic trees, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers and selected herbs.


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