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Spring Cleaning in the Perennial Garden

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

  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

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

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 the Shade

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) […]

Perennial Gardening in Containers

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

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 […]






Perennial Gardening with Limited Water

  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 […]






Pests and Diseases

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 […]






Fall Planting Tips

In warm summer regions, fall can be an ideal time to plant a brand new perennial garden or to rejig an established one.  The moisture is back (or hopefully will be shortly), the days and nights are cooler and as gardeners we are more comfortable being outdoors than high summer, so we will likely put […]