Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Hyannis, MA
Question by mempep
January 19, 2000
I would like to plant some low growing perennials for the length of a wall 12' wide and 125' long,the lawn on one side and wall on the other, I would like them to flower most of the spring and summer if possible and still stay green after the flowers stop blooming It is verry expensive to plant annuals every year .please give me A few choices if posseble and A ballpark figure if possable thank you


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Answer from NGA
January 19, 2000

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UMASS extension can help you with the tests and interpreting the results, they may also be able to make some plant suggestions.

In terms of a ballpark figure, possibly the least expensive method is to grow the plants yourself from seed, the next would be to purchase smaller sized plants and the last (more of an instant effect) would be to purchase larger plants at the outset. I would say a rule of thumb could be devised by knowing the approximate recommended spacing of the plants you want to use and calculate how many you will need based on the square footage of the area. You may find that a local nursery will allow you a price break on a large order of all one plant, especially if you talk to them about it now while they are placing their wholesale orders (or propagating in house).

Enjoy your project! UMASS extension can help you with the tests and interpreting the results, they may also be able to make some plant suggestions.

In terms of a ballpark figure, possibly the least expensive method is to grow the plants yourself from seed, the next would be to purchase smaller sized plants and the last (more of an instant effect) would be to purchase larger plants at the outset. I would say a rule of thumb could be devised by knowing the approximate recommended spacing of the plants you want to use and calculate how many you will need based on the square footage of the area. You may find that a local nursery will allow you a price break on a large order of all one plant, especially if you talk to them about it now while they are placing their wholesale orders (or propagating in house).

Enjoy your project!

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