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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 […]






Spring Cleaning in the Perennial Garden

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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 […]






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 […]






How to Select and Plant Perennials

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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 […]






Keeping Early Purchased Perennials Alive

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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. […]






Perennials for Rock Gardens

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Rock Gardens are a popular gardening style.  There are no set rules but we’re offering some guidelines here, extracted from our sister site: http://www.rockstarplants.com.  We hope you find this information helpful when selecting your plant material … Shapes and Sizes True alpine plants are native to high altitude, mountainous regions of the world, and they […]






Perennials for the Shade

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Looking for some excellent perennials that thrive in the shade?   Browse our list below. Click on a Botanical Name for more details on each Heritage Perennial. Plant Features Hardy to Zone Bloom Time Drought Tolerant Aegopodium p. ‘Variegatum’ (Bishop’s Weed) Dense carpet of green and white foliage 2 summer yes Ajuga varieties (Carpet Bugles) […]

Perennials for Ground Cover

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANT FOR THE JOB One of the great things about Jeepers Creepers® is that they offer solutions to what many gardeners perceive as problem areas.  To help you find the right plant, we’ve created an amazing search feature on our sister site:  http://www.jeeperscreepers.info/ that can be used in a number of different […]






Perennial Gardening in Containers

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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 […]

Succeeding with Hardy Ferns …

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  1. SOME FERN FACTS Ferns are valuable garden plants of great dependability and beauty. Their leaves, known as fronds, can be lacy or leathery, plain green or variegated, providing a long season of interest.  Rarely suffering from pests and diseases, they offer trouble-free elegance. Ferns were tremendously popular in Victorian times, and many of […]