This course will give you the opportunity to become an expert in this field. Perennials are gaining popularity – many are dry garden tolerant and as a result many people are showing an interest in growing and learning about such a diverse range of plant species. A great fully rounded course covering diverse aspects of plant growing.”Practical and versatile perennials!Perennials come in all forms, from herbaceous plants that die down in the winter and re-emerge in spring (year after year), to plants that retain their soft-stemmed leafy growth year round. Although beautiful, many perennials are also tough and very much adapted to a variety of climates – ranging from very dry to wet. Some have colourful foliage as well as beautiful flowers, others add architectural interest – but all add excitement and diversity to the landscape or garden as they burst into flower each year. Discover what perennials are, which perennial plants are most popular today, their cultural requirements (ie. feeding, watering, soil requirements, pruning, pest control), and learn how to use them to create beautiful landscapes. A course equally valuable to landscapers, nurserymen, cut flower growers and garden enthusiasts.
- Describe the identification of Perennial Plants
- Determine sources of further information for identifying and growing different varieties of perennials.
- Discuss a variety of cultural techniques used to improve success in growing of different perennial plants
- Determine the propagation of different perennial plants.
- Discuss the horticulture of a range of commonly grown perennial genera.
- Discuss the management of pests and diseases occurring on a range of perennial plants.
- Manage irrigation and drainage to ensure optimum water levels are maintained for healthy growth in perennials.
- Determine appropriate use of perennials in a range of horticultural situations.
- Describe a variety of uses for perennials.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 8 Lessons in this course:
- Review of the system of plant identification
- Information sources
- Pruning, etc.
Propagation and Hybridization
- Pricking out seedlings
- Factors affecting cutting strike
- Propagating media
- Types of cuttings
- Hardening off young plants
- Potting mixes
- Potting up
Review of Major Types of Perennials
- Herbaceous perennials
- Establishing herbaceous plants
- Popular bulbs, corms and tubers
- Supporting herbaceous plants
- Herbs in a perennial border
- Wildflower meadows
- Maintaining herbaceous borders
- Perennials for different purposes/uses
- Scented Geraniums
- Ornamental; grasses
Pests and Disease
- Plant pathology
- Parasitic and non parasitic problems
- Conducting an inspection and identifying problems
- Tell tale symptoms
- Common terminology
- Common pests on perennials and their management
- Significance of water
- Infiltration and water retention
- Water needs for perennials
- Watering methods
- When to water
- Testing water needs
- Reducing water needs
- Watering perennials in pots
- Drip irrigation
- Hydroponics Introduction
- Types of hydroponic systems
Landscaping with Perennials
- Designing the garden
- Landscape principles and components
- Landscape effects
- Design styles
- Flower bed design
- Colour themes
- Cottage gardens
- What perennials to grow in cottage gardens
- Scented plants
- Landscaping with bulbs
Further Uses for Perennials
- Cut Flowers
- What flowers the longest
- Harvest and storage
- Growing Carnations
- Herb crafts
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.