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 […]

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 […]

Preparing the Garden for Winter

Moving or dividing perennials in the autumn is a great way to reduce your work next spring.  The cool, moist weather is an ideal time for perennial roots to become well established, even in cold-winter regions. Gardeners often ask us when the best season is to move specific perennials, so we have a working “rule […]

Winter Preparation

Even though many perennials do well when cut back in fall, remember that some perennials are actually quite attractive throughout the winter months.  Why not leave them if you’re not sure and make notes this year of which ones could use a good trimming (cut back to 6 to 8 inches) next fall and which […]

Clematis Pruning Tips

  Here’s what we consider on of the BEST articles anywhere online about how and when to prune Clematis, the Queen of vines!!  Author Lee Reich is amazing.  Hosted by Fine Gardening Magazine.   Click here to read more … and Raymond Evison Clematis also offers pruning tips for Clematis and they should know with […]

Hydrangea – Tips on How to Prune and Care for …

Hydrangea have been, and still are, very popular shrubs for the garden.  Learn how to prune and take care of them for years of enjoyment. Click here to read more …


One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie  Roses are the classic companion plant to perennial gardens, so […]