I have been an avid gardener for the last three years and absolutely love it. I usually have been planting annuals except for some fountain grass, roses, hostas and monkey grass. I would like to plan a perennial garden for a corner of my yard this fall that gets full, hot sun and not really sure how to group things together and where to get bulbs, plan, etc. It seems certain bulbs are around at certain times of the year and then when I go to look for some they are no where to be found. A couple of questions:
1 - has anyone done a preplanned Better Home and Garden perennial garden? I see the preplanned areas that flower constantly at different times and would like to do one of those.
2 - on the other hand, I have a list of perennials I would like to plant but don't know how to go about timing and how to go about it. The list is as follows: dutch iris, buttercups, geraniums, phlox, dianthus, azaleas, etc. How would I go about planning and planting on my own and how do I know how to set one up?
3 - Where/how is the best way to purchase bulbs and gather them before I plant? Do I have to plant all of these at different times? Can I buy bulbs now through the mail and store them?
I am Zone 6B - Nashville, TN. I have a very small yard and just want one area set aside for perennials.
I know these are a lot of questions but I appreciate all the help.