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Poisonous Plants

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  The plants listed on the following pages are poisonous to some degree.  We’ve created this special index as a public service to perennial gardeners. Most home gardens contain at least some toxic or poisonous plants.  Some of the most popular ornamentals are toxic, including shrubs like Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas, trees like Horse-chestnut and Holly, [...]

Pests and Diseases

Entomology

en·to·mol·o·gy – the scientific study of insects Some call them pests, and in some cases for good reason. But in the grand scheme of things they’re a vital part of the delicate balance of nature. And here’s our select list of sites that will help you learn a little more about those ominous but valuable [...]

Edible Plants (includes Bonus Table)

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See Bonus Table below Looking for something to spice up a salad or add a little zing to a recipe? Yes, Virginia…some perennials are edible! Flowers and edible leaves can make a unique addition to salads, or unusual edible garnishes. However, a few words of warning are necessary to avoid potential trouble. Gardeners should always [...]

Japanese Anemone: Brown-thumb Perennial

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  A few years ago I might never have picked Japanese Anemone as an easy-care brown-thumb type of perennial.  Somehow I had the impression they were a tad fussy.  There are two reasons for this: they have a tendency to spread, sometimes like crazy, and late-fall planting sometimes fails, likely because of a particularly bad [...]

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.  [...]