Annuals are well loved mainly because they bloom all summer. Perennials on the other hand, mainly have one flush of flowers per season, then move into dormancy to perform again the following year.
Many perennials will re-bloom a second time in the season if they are given the proper care. Not all are up to this trick but many are. With a little guidance from the gardener, some perennials will give a second flush of blooms. It may not be as full as their first flush, but none the less well appreciated in the later garden.
The trick to encouraging more flowers is to cut your perennial right to the ground as soon as the first blooms are spent. This might feel a bit dramatic at the time leaving them rather bare.
However, this will stimulate the plant to re-grow and produce more blooms as it works to full fill it’s season’s cycle.
The longer your growing season the better your results will be, but even in my zone 5 garden I can enjoy a full second bloom from many perennials.
In the fall when all flowers are spent, I re-cut these perennials back to the ground a second time as they await the coming of winter.
Re-blooming Perennials that I Love:
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