Five Steps to More and Better Flowers

Increase the number of blooms in your garden with some easy prep work.

By Therese Ciesinski


plant the crowns above the soil line.Plant high.
Set perennials with their crowns (the place where the plants' shoots meet the roots) slightly above the soil surface, say researchers at Cornell University's Flower Bulb Research Program. This produces stronger growth than the widespread practice of planting the crown 1 to 2 inches below the soil surface.