Do you, your mom, or your grandma have a green thumb? Or do you simply LOVE being outside, poking around in the flower beds or garden of your dream home in Maine? One of the best ways to beautify and add value to your property is to plant gorgeous perennials. Luckily, even in the late-to-warm northern region of Maine there are lots of perennials that are easy-to-grow and that add a satisfying dash of color and beauty to your outdoor environment. Here are 5 we particularly recommend …
This classic yard flower can grow all over Maine, even considerably north of Augusta. Featuring long stems that look strikingly lovely in your flower bed or around your fences, these perennials have bright yellow-to-orange petals with brown centers. Typically blooming in Maine from July through September, they thrive best when subjected to plenty of sunshine. Oh … and one huge bonus: They attract beautiful butterflies!
These small, delicate-looking white perennials seem to grace nearly every floral bouquet. Like black-eyed Susans, they grow best when exposed to plenty of sunlight, generally flowering in July and August. Be sure to give these perennials plenty of room, as they spread about 3 feet in diameter, cheering up your yard with their lovely, tiny blossoms. Deer aren’t big fans of baby’s breath, so you don’t have to worry about attracting these woodland creatures to your yard for a snack!
Blooming later in the year—typically from September through October—these daisy-like perennials come in both low-growing and tall varieties, and are at home all over Maine. Strikingly pretty, their blue, white, pink, and purple flowers cluster around yellow centers. Easy to care for and typically thriving best in partly sunny conditions, asters should not be placed in overly wet soil, and do best when you add mulch around their bases.
Veronica is a quite interesting perennial, in part because it has two distinct blossom categories: one with four-petaled blossoms, and one with long, blooming spikes. Veronica thrives best when provided with lots of sunlight and soil that drains well. Plant these perennials and you’ll enjoy lovely blue, pink, white, purple, and sometimes yellows blossoms from June through July!
Bee balm is one of the more eye-catching perennials, topping out at about 4 feet and featuring petals that look like purple starbursts. Blossoming in Maine from July through August, they are big fans of full sunlight and moist soil. Smelling like oranges, this hardy perennial attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
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