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05-05-2009, 11:02 PM
I have a hotel that want perennials planted this year instead of annuals. We use to install petunia,impaients, and begonia as border planting and just to add color, Now they want perennials planted instead. Any ideas that might be similar in plant styles? What are some good plants to use?
05-06-2009, 01:03 AM
I first start with native perennials and go from there.
You'll want to layer the perennials so that you have some color consistently through the season.
Spring- Tulips, Hyacinths, crocus, etc... (planted in the fall)
Late spring- Alliums, iris.
Summer- Lillies, Black eye susan, purple cone flower, perennial hibiscus, etc..
Fall- Warm season ornamental grasses, sedum, etc....
There are also other plants that have interesting foliage season long, such as coral bells, and variegated hostas.
More than likely it is the notion that they will save money by not having to buy annuals every year that is driving this. The danger for you is that annuals in general have a lot more continuous flower color than perennials in general. That means that it is likely that the flower display may not be quite so grand as it has been with annuals. You should point this out ahead of time as the people making this decision probably think that the only difference is that they will not have to pay for new plants every year. That way you won't look like the guy who degraded their flower display when it does not look as consistantly good as before. It also opens the door to staying with annuals. They may not realize that it increases maintenance costs as well.
It is a good opportunity to present your knowledge, cover your butt, and give them a chance to make an informed decision rather that an uninformed one.
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