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Current Out of the Blue Newsletter

oct-2016

We’re posting the current Out of the Blue Newsletter here for your convenience. You can always read past editions by visiting the Newsletter Archive section, bottom, 3rd column, half way down on the Heritage website. like tweet Home | Perennials 101 |  Design Tips 2017 is Canada’s sesquicentennial. Canada’s 150th Birthday                    […]






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 […]






Ornamental Grasses

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  Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year™. 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 […]






The garden in winter

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By mid-November many of us put away the lawnmower and grudgingly bring the snow shovels out of storage.  But hard core gardeners know some of the best stuff happens in winter.  Here are just three ideas to keep your garden interesting even through the coldest months. 1.  Use Evergreen Foliage We all know about Spruce, […]






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 […]






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.  […]






Perennial Gardening with Limited Water

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  1. Water is not an endless resource In various regions of North America the supply of clean fresh water for human consumption is becoming a less available resource.  Many urban areas have had to place bans or tight restrictions on residential use of treated water for lawns and gardens.  Even gardeners in rural areas […]






Summer Pinching, Cutting Back and Deadheading

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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 a […]