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Keeping Early Purchased Perennials Alive

Winter Jewels™ Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus ‘Jade Tiger’)

While visiting those wonderful spring garden shows (like the Philadelphia Flower Show or Canada Blooms), it’s hard to resist the urge to purchase at least a few plants, only to get home later and realize it’s probably too early to plant them directly outside. Keeping them alive and healthy until mid-spring is really quite simple. [...]

Dividing Perennials in the Spring

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  One of the most rewarding aspects of perennial gardening is the fact that most plants actually increase in size over the years.  After a time, some of your perennials are going to benefit from being divided, and in most cases spring is a terrific time to go about this task. We divide perennials for [...]

Spring Cleaning in the Perennial Garden

Spring Cleaning

Surely spring is the busiest season of the year for the avid perennial gardener.  Fortunately, most of us have been cooped up indoors all winter and are anxious to get outside anyhow, and the cool but pleasant spring weather beckons to our gardening spirit! Is it time yet? The dead tops of perennials that have [...]

What is a Perennial?

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In the simplest terms, a perennial is a plant that lives for at least 3 or more years.  We usually use this term to describe herbaceous perennials when talking about gardens.  Trees and shrubs last for many years too of course, but these are woody plants.  The life span of a perennial varies quite a [...]

Where to Get Perennial Seeds …

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  If you love the idea of starting a wide range of your own perennials from seed, be prepared to do a bit of searching for some of the more rare and unusual types.  A good starting point is your local Heritage Perennials Dealer.Garden centers generally bring in a fresh stock of packaged seeds in [...]

Saving and Starting Perennials Seeds

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In late summer and fall, many kinds of perennials begin to form seed heads, and gardeners often ask us how to go about collecting seed to start their own plants. For hybrid selections of things like Daylilies (Hemerocallis) or Hosta, just be aware that the resulting seedlings are not likely to resemble the parent plant.  [...]

How to Select and Plant Perennials

Lupine Woodfield Mix

PLANTING STEPS (a)  After preparing soil, dig a hole deep enough to hold root ball. (b)  Remove the pot, break up root ball if root-bound. (c)  Place root in the hole, fill with water. (d)  Refill with soil. Root ball should be slightly below soil surface. (e)  Water a second time. 1.  CHOOSING PERENNIALS When [...]

Ornamental Grasses

Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata 'Red Baron')

  To see a complete description of our ornamental grasses, simply click on its Botanical Name. Climate Considerations Cool-season grasses begin growing in early spring and slow down or go dormant during the heat of summer. Some of these grasses tend to look a bit scruffy during July / August and may need a trim. [...]

Perennial Gardening in Containers

Sempervivum (Hens-and-Chicks) in tin oblong container

1.  Container Garden Considerations From patios and balconies to decks and porches, container gardens can add colour and interest to any area around your home… and you don’t even need a garden.  There is a lot to consider in planting and maintaining container gardens, but these tips should provide enough information to make your first [...]

Summer Pinching, Cutting Back and Deadheading

Yarrow (Achillea Saucy Seduction)

  Anybody who grows perennials in their garden is familiar with the idea of cutting off the dead tops of their plants in late fall or early spring.  By nature, most flowering perennials will die back to ground level in the fall, leaving behind their dried-up tops; cutting these back at the appropriate time is [...]

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