As a New Jersey Home Stager I know that “Curb Appeal” is what draws potential buyers in.  It’s easy to add charm with flowers but this can get pricey if you are buying annuals every year. The answer is to add perennials that will reward you every year!

My husband is really into his compost pile so all the  coffee grinds, eggshells, fruit and vegetable peels, go in there! When it’s finally ready, it gets added to our perennial beds and that coupled with heavy rain recently has my garden exploding this year!

I apologize, these photos were all taken with my iPhone…I really need to buy a camera if I’m going to do these type of posts.

This particular bed was put in soon after we moved into our house in 2005. It’s a good size bed and every year I just kept adding perennials. I tired to plant varieties that had different blooming times, for continuous color.  It started out slow because the soil is clay and needed a lot of amending and it was full of rocks and roots. Every spring we added compost and enriched the soil and all of a sudden things started taking off!  Forget about planting anything if you haven’t amended the soil. You will spend a fortune and your plants will be mediocre at best.

This photo is of the perennial bed in my side yard (we have a corner lot) and I kept the colors all in purple, pink and white. I like a “Cottage Style” garden but this has gotten a bit overgrown and we seriously need to get out here and do some major trimming! But everything is in bloom now so it will have to wait a bit longer..

Fairy Roses & Wisteria

My husband built this privacy trellis a couple of years ago so we didn’t have to look at our cars in the driveway and I planted this Climbing Hydrangea soon after. It’s just about to bloom..

Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

Here is a closeup… This is very slow growing but once it gets established you will see a lot of growth every year.

Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangea

Lambs Ears

Lambs Ears

My roses are also in bloom. I thought this is a “New Dawn Rose” but now I’m not sure..  How perfect is this color?

New Dawn Rose

New Dawn Rose

I’m also in love with my “Amethyst Falls Wisteria” which promised to not be so invasive but in just 5 years time, it’s gotten so big,  it too needs a serious trim this fall!

Amethyst Falls Wisteria

Amethyst Falls Wisteria

And my Irises which are starting to wind down… These also need to be split this fall.

Ferns And Irises

Ferns And Irises

White Salvia & Blue Columbines

White Salvia & Blue Columbines

One of my clients gave me some of these Blue Columbines a couple of years ago. There aren’t many blue flowers in nature and I love this color in my garden!

Blue Columbine

Blue Columbine

This Hosta also needs to be split since it’s taking over too much of the bed and crowding everything around it.

Hosta

Hosta

Irises

Irises

Mixed Perennials

Mixed Perennials

Well there you have it.. I used to spend hours in the garden and it’s still one of my favorite things to do but I don’t really have the time since I started my business. But the best part of planting perennials is that they come back each and every year bigger and bigger!

I actually spend very little on annuals anymore.. I just buy a few for the patio and my flower boxes and that’s pretty much it..

How about you? Are you drawn to homes with beautiful gardens? Do you plant perennials or rely more on annuals for color? 

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions about perennials, ask away.

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