I'm busy doing a big sowing of perennials this weekend, adding some new colours and varieties to my established plants. I have devoted an increasing number of rows to perennials starting 4 seasons ago and it has paid off in spades. Last year was the first season I didn't experience the dread early summer gap, a flower drought between spring bulbs and branches finishing and summer annuals starting. For me, it's not enough to have a few perennials producing in early summer, I need several hundred at least. I finally achieved that threshold of enough mature plants to carry me through late June and early July in 2019. Beyond the bounty they provide, they are crucial in my plans to make my business sustainable. Compared to annuals they require minimal inputs over their lifetime and provide so many more flowers. I start the vast majority of perennials from seed as well, making them even more cost effective.
You can see some of my favorites in the photo-veronica, yarrow, lupin, lily, erigeron. Later in the summer there is astilbe, filipendulina, thalictrum, a second flush of delphinium, clematis, sanguisorba, eryngium and echinops. I keep looking for perennials that will bloom throughout my season, giving me a consistent roster of flowers and less disturbance of my soil year after year.
If you are new to flower farming, or not new but haven't invested in perennials yet, now is the time. They take a couple of years to really produce, but once they do, you have years of flowers coming at you. All from one tiny seed. 💫💫💫
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