Investing in Perennials

The Rest / Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

My grandma was an avid gardener. She grew everything from flowers to vegetables.

One of the things I remember the most about my grandma’s house was the bed of irises that grew down the length of the driveway. That bed seemed to grow larger every year.

About ten years ago, my husband and I bo ught a house with beautiful landscaping. And the previous owners had planted lots of perennials. Perennials are plants that re-bloom year after year. Like my grandma’s irises.

Moving into this house is when I first began to appreciate how practical perennials are. For a one- time investment of time and money, you get years’ worth of plants.

I didn’t inherit my grandma’s love of gardening, but I do enjoy seeing things bloom in my yard. And it was very rewarding when I planted my first perennial and watched it come back that s econd year.

Now, the annual plants I buy each year feel like spending, while the perennials I buy feel like investments.


So each year I invest in a few more perennials for my yard. And tucked in among them are the irises we transplanted from my grandmother’s yard.

6 Replies to “Investing in Perennials”

  1. Perennials like hosta, irises, day lilies and more can be a great investment since they grow like weeds in our area and are easy to thin and replant around the rest of your yard.

  2. Could you tell me what those lovely white flowers are? I have been investing in some perennials like you are saying and it has saved us money. I’m still in the “deciding” stage of what I like and what will work in our yard. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  3. Oh Karen, if I had any idea what they were I would happily tell you. They were just something I liked and the tag has long since been thrown away. Enjoy your perennials. It’s such fun to see them come back year after year.

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