Support tall perennials to keep them upright and looking their best. Here’s how.
Lanky perennials, such as lilies, dahlias, and delphiniums, can become top-heavy and fall over in high winds or heavy rains. Keep them upright with single-stem supports. Or, use wood, bamboo, metal, or plastic stakes tied to plant stems with twine, twist ties, or strips of cloth. Tie loosely to avoid injuring the stem or constricting its growth.
Clumping perennials, such as asters and daisies, can grow too tall and then flop over onto other plants. Surround plants with three or four stakes tied together with twine. This supports the base of the plant and allows the top to retain its natural shape.
Floppy perennials, such as peonies, need side support. Use a ring-style support to keep the clump tidy. A support grid, shown, works best when placed early in the season so plants can grow through the slots. It becomes nearly invisible once peonies have matured.
Tall perennials offer so much presence in a garden—stake them well to make sure they receive the attention they deserve. You'll find all the staking supplies you need at your local Lowe’s garden center.