By Marsha Schuetz
Perennial plants are like devoted spouses, remaining faithful year after year, and differ significantly from annuals (aka one-time floozies).
Perennials need marriage (a good solid base of amended soil combined with the correct location in either sun or shade) and devotion (watering and trimming according to their needs).
Deciding which perennial to choose for your garden involves making a wise decision. Unlike love, this is easy with perennials. With proper selection and care, perennials repay your efforts tenfold, returning enthusiastically every spring to bring joy to your heart.
Spring is also the best time to transplant or divide perennials, which brings me to my pitch. Do you have extra perennials in your garden that you would share with the community and support a good cause at the same time?
In addition to finding perennials at our local nurseries, the Garden Club of Durango holds a plant sale each spring selling perennials from members and other local gardens. All profits from the sale help maintain and improve the gardens at Santa Rita Park, which are the clubs main community project.
Garden Club of Durango started the Santa Rita Rose Garden in 1989 for public enjoyment and since has added a new Blue Star Memorial, perennial garden, curbside plantings, stone bench, rock bridge, flagstone paths, metal bench and arbor, and pergola planted with wisteria, clematis and climbing roses.
If you have perennials in your garden that we could dig for our sale, please contact Lee Hayes at 259-1491. The plant sale will be held on May 14 at Santa Rita Park. It will start at 9 a.m. and is usually sold out by 10:30. Please stop by to enjoy the wonderful gardens and buy local, well-rooted perennials that will flourish in your garden and give pleasure year after year.
Marsha Schuetz has been a Colorado Master Gardener since 2010. She lives in La Plata County.