How to plan your Midwest perennial garden like a pro

June arrives this week. For many years now, June has been designated as “Perennial Garden Month” by the Perennial Plant Association. The reasoning for this designation is described this way by the association: “After the mad rush of spring planting and garden maintenance, it is a relief to take a more leisurely, yet studied, approach to the perennial garden during the month of June.”

I completely agree with this sentiment. May is a mad rush in the garden centers. Most shoppers are coming in for the flowers they already know they want: the annuals. Most of the time they are buying the same ones, year after year, because they have been successful with them. Success is always a great strategy.

Before we go any further, I should clarify the difference between annuals and perennials. Perennials are the flowering plants that are hardy enough to survive our winters. The top parts of the plants die back to the ground during the fall. The roots survive and produce a new plant the following spring.