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Favorite perennials for flower growers

publication date: Nov 1, 2016
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When Erin Benzakein and her family started growing flowers commercially eight years ago at Floret Flower Farm in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, perennials were an important part of the mix. After weed pressure and voles wreaked havoc on the perennials, they switched to annuals only. “We were focusing on high volume and annuals,” Benzakein said recently.
Fast forward to today where the emphasis at Floret is on design work, which has garnered prestigious awards, accolades, and workshops fully subscribed as soon as registration opens. Benzakein said the prominence of design work brought Floret back to perennials and woodies because of the rich pallet of flowers, foliages, textures and unique elements these long-producing plants offer. Recently, they planted an eighth of an acre in perennials within the two acres in cultivation.

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