DID YOU NWOW!
A covering of organic mulch conserves water, discourages weeds, ads humus and nutrients to the soil, and gives a finished appearance to your bed or border. Gravel and crushed stone can also be used as mulches, but they provide virtually no nutrients. Black plastic and woven landscape fabrics are excellent for thwarting weed growth but are unattractive; they are best reserved for the vegetable garden.
The frequent application of small quantities of water creates shallow-rooted plants with weak, leggy stems.
Thorough but infrequent watering, at least 6 hours every 7 to 10 days, produces perennials with deep roots, lush foliage, and plentiful blossoms.