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Tired of seeing her flowers do not fizzle? Sentimental, you will love the perennials. A safe bet with infinite pallets. To make them last even longer, a few simple rules to apply ...

Let collectors hunt for rarities that only bloom a few hours and wither in the blink of an eye! If you checked the box "flower garden", go for it! In the big family of perennials (plants that come back every year), opt for sure values ​​that will not let you go to the vagaries of the climate. Nepeta, Perennial Geraniums, Coreopsis verticillata, Yarrow, Leucanthemum, Scabiosa are some examples of long-flowering perennials. We can associate them with annuals (zinnias, petunias, bidens, roses of India, etc.) whose abundant flowering constitutes a precious asset.

Where to place perennials?

When selecting plants, consider their requirements, group together those who like the sun or shade and ensure that their colors harmonize. Heights also matter. We will place the big ones at the bottom and the small ones in the first row, as for a class picture! On a balcony or terrace, favor long-flowering plants and those who love the sun. You can turn to lavender or other plants with silver foliage, such as mugwort or helichrysum, also very resistant to drought. There, even more than elsewhere, you will have to select colors carefully. And do not forget to plant evergreen shrubs (boxwood, osmanthus, charcoal) that will bring cheerfulness to the winter months.

The 5 keys to success

1 / A measured watering

Water regularly massive, bins and planters, if possible after sunset. Automatic watering offers undeniable comfort provided that it is well adapted to the plants in question. Nothing is more unpleasant, when one is a beautiful plant of the South, than to be flooded the feet, morning and evening, like a vulgar salad! Too much watering can do more harm than good.

2 / Mulches to limit weeds

Consider using bark or flax mulch to limit weed growth. It is also a great way to reduce the evaporation of irrigation water.

3 / Cut the faded flowers

Make a habit of regularly cutting faded flowers. As the plants are programmed to reproduce, they will hasten to hatch new flowers to produce a maximum of seeds.

4 / Boost plantations with manure

Spreading decomposed manure or compost in the garden beds in the fall will ensure a good start of perennials in the spring. Thus doped, they will be healthy and able to bloom a long time. In the pots, a slow-release fertilizer (in the form of rods stuck in the soil) will guarantee the good health of the plants that are there.

5 / Protect its shoots

Protect new spring shoots from the appetite of small black slugs that can wreak havoc. You can surround the feet of the plants with wood ash. Or, sink here and there bowls filled with beer where gourmets will come to drown ... Not to mention organic pellets that remain very effective!

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