Welcome back to another installment of Tuesdays in the Garden brought to you in partnership with several of my gardening buddies! Today, we’re talking about favorite perennials for spring gardens! I’m more of a veggie gardener, so while many of my friends are focusing on flowering bushes and plants, I’m also sharing practical perennials you can plant for food too!
Favorite Perennials for Spring Gardens
While this might sound self deprecating, I consider myself to be a lazy gardener. That’s not meant to be derogatory, it’s just a fact of life. I want to do things that will give me the most bang for my buck and that includes planting perennials that will come back year after year. There’s nothing more satisfying than going out to my garden after a long winter and seeing signs of life in plants I planted several years ago! Including early spring perennials in your garden is not only a great way to get that first hint of spring with blooms and leaves, but it’s also a fabulous way to get the earliest food from your garden!
If you don’t like asparagus, you’re just crazy in my humble opinion. There’s nothing better than fresh asparagus straight out of the garden. I love watching for signs of life in my asparagus patch and I’m very excited that this is my asparagus’s third season. That means I can finally harvest a nice bounty. The first asparagus stalk is such a fun find each year!!
I really, really love rhubarb. I use it to make crisp, muffins, scones. If it was ever ready at the same time as my strawberries (and I had enough of both) I would use it to make jam. Recently, I tried to explain rhubarb to a city boy. He kept saying, so it’s a root? NO! It’s not a root. It’s a stalk, right? In Iowa it grows like a weed and most people don’t even harvest it. I find this almost weed status very ironic, because for some reason, I’ve had such a hard time establishing my own rhubarb. I’ve planted it the last three years and it never comes back! I’ve finally decided that it doesn’t like where I’m planting it. Maybe it’s too close to a black walnut tree. I don’t really know, but I’m trying again, and this year I’m planting it somewhere else. Fingers crossed that I finally can establish rhubarb!!