Make Your Perennial Poppies Shine
Perennial poppy seeds are a fantastic addition to any garden. Coming back year after year, they provide beautiful blooms to any bed, border, or rock garden. And with such a large assortment of varieties to use, gardeners will be stunned as to how many ways that they can be incorporated into a backyard oasis. A number of tricks can be used to ensure that perennial poppies shine the best they can.
Cut Back Herbaceous Poppies
Oriental poppies are best suited to herbaceous borders where they will appear as if out of nowhere in the early spring. Quickly sending up lush green foliage, flower stalks will appear in no time, providing plenty of blooms to hover amongst early spring borders.
Ensuring that such poppies are cut back after flowering is essential to increase the vigor of plants. Flowers, stems, and even leaves will start to wilt and turn brown after the initial blooming period. Unlike many other herbaceous plants which can be left during this period, poppies in the Oriental family should be cut right back to ground level. Over the next few months, new leaves will appear as the plant starts to replenish itself. And while not flowering again, these leaves will ensure that more energy is made and stored so that the following year, perennial poppies can put on an even better show.
Utilize Shade Lovers
For many gardeners, trying to find plants that will fit shady aspects is very difficult. Horticulturists tend to opt for commonly used plants such as ferns and vinca’s to provide some green foliage cover. However, poppy species Meconopsis is a fantastic plant for moist shade, and offers an extremely different alternative for shady areas. Commonly known as the Himalayan Poppy, Meconopsis varieties are available in a wide selection of colors bringing forth vibrant stems in shades of blue, yellow, red, purple or white flowers. These will fill dappled shade areas with blooms and lift any green carpeted area.
An important factor to remember with all perennial poppies is that they come in a great number of colors. Oriental poppies especially, can be bought in colors ranging from pinks and reds, through to purples and whites. Contrasting flower color can be extremely effective within a border by using two highlighted hues. Use a white and pink combination for a cottage garden feel, or fill borders with oranges and purples for tropical delight.
Plant Up Pots
A number of perennial poppies can effectively be used in pots. These can be used to brighten up windowsills, patios, decking and gazebos with explosive poppy color. Use Papaver Alpinium, the alpine poppy with a mulch of gravel to show off the blooms. Alternatively try Iceland poppies to bring an intense poppy flavor to any quiet area of a garden.
While many gardeners only expect to save and collect seeds from annual poppy varieties, this can also be done for perennial poppies and offers a great source of new plants. While oriental poppies can be a little more difficult to propagate from seed and are best cut down after flowering, you may want to leave one or two seed pod on the plant until they are dry and save them for planting. Other perennial poppy seed varieties are ideal for seed collection too. Gently shake seed pods into an envelope or paper bag, label appropriately, and store throughout the winter season until spring warmth signals the time to sow and germinate a host of new plants with perennial poppy seeds.
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