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Staking Perennials

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By staking lanky or floppy perennials, you'll be better able to see and enjoy them in the garden.

Here's how to stake tall perennials and keep them looking great.

  • Lanky, flower-topped perennials, such as lilies, dahlias, and delphiniums, can become top-heavy and fall over in high winds or heavy rains. Keep them upright with wood, bamboo, metal, or plastic stakes. Tie the stem to the stake with twine, plant ties, or strips of cloth. Don't tie it too tight, however, because the plant still has growing to do. And you don't want to injure the stem. 
  • Clumping perennials, such as asters, can grow too tall and then flop over onto other plants. In that case, it's best to surround the plant with several stakes linked with twine or mesh. This supports the base of the plant while allowing the top to retain its natural shape.
  • Floppy perennials, such as peonies, need side support. Use a plant support with a ring that can be closed around plant stems. Or use a base support with a wide-spaced grid. The stems grow up through the ring and the entire plant is supported from within.

Tall perennials offer so much presence in a garden, but they sometimes need a little help. Stake well to make sure your perennials receive the attention they deserve. You'll find all the staking supplies you need at your local Lowe's garden center.