Some simple staking and planting techniques can help keep your perennial flowers standing tall and beautiful.
Whether woody or herbaceous, many perennial varieties are known to be very tall, so sometimes the sheer size and weight of the plant makes it top-heavy. Some examples include black-eyed Susan, peony, delphinium, and coreopsis. When planted too tightly in groups, some perennials become leggy when seeking the sun.
There are some options and solutions that allow you to enjoy these perennials to their fullest.
• Dwarf varieties are available in many species, offering the qualities you want without the height.
• Plant taller varieties in the back or center of the bed.
• Plant them among shorter stouter plants, against a wall or fence.
• Stake perennials before they get too big to avoid damaging the plant. Let them grow into their support system.
• Support them with bamboo, plastic stakes, decorative wire stakes or even sticks. You can also use your yard art for a plant prop.
• Use ties that won't harm the stems. Coated wire, plastic plant ties and hook and loop fasteners all work well and are inconspicuous.
You may want to consider planting varieties less than 30" tall if you live in a windy area.
Staking is not limited to perennials. Fast-growing annuals and vegetables (such as tomatoes) need support too.