By Tresa Erickson Go to any nursery, and you’ll come across a wide variety of annuals and perennials. Annuals are just what they sound like. They live for a short time and die. If you want them back in your garden the next season, you will have to replant them. Perennials, on the other hand, are longer lasting. Many live for years, coming back season after season. If you are hoping to give your landscape a boost this year, you might consider adding in some perennials. There are hundreds of perennials. Some of the more popular choices include: Asters Beard Tongue Calendula Catmint Chinese Hibiscus Coneflowers Coral Bells Coreopsis Daisies Dianthus Fernleaf Bleeding Hearts Forget-Me-Nots Foxglove Geraniums Guara Impatiens Lavender Peruvian Ivy Rudbkeckia Sage Salvia Star Clusters Sweet Alyssum Verbena Yarrow You can also plant some evergreens. These will stay green year-round. Some popular choices include the acacia tree, balsam fir, bristlecone pine, blue star juniper, dawn redwood, dwarf blue spruce, Frasier fir, silver Korean fir, sweet bay and sweet olive. Hop bushes are another idea that will do well in poor conditions. There are all kinds of options for keeping your garden colorful and thriving for as long as possible. For further suggestions for your area, see the friendly faces at your local nursery or garden center.
The North Kent Community has again stepped up to the plate to “Help Our Neighbors in Need.” Merle Post of Post Farms has designated one acre of land to allow NKSC to plant a garden. With this project, we will be able to provide fresh vegetables to our clients this season. We are inviting the community to help us plan our “garden.” Please join us on Tuesday evening, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr. (just north of 12 Mile) for a planning meeting. We look forward to your suggestions and input. Besides the usual garden vegetables, we are also hoping to plant raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Any donations to help the cause would be appreciated. To have your group volunteer to help tend our garden, call Karen Sanders at (616) 866-3478.