Category: Perennials 101

What is a Perennial?

Perennials 101

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 bit, depending […]

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Ornamental Grasses

Perennials 101, Perennials for Special Purposes

  To see a complete description of our ornamental grasses, simply click on its Botanical Name. 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 look a bit scruffy during July / August and may need a trim. Cool-season grasses […]

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Fall Planting Tips

Perennials 101, Seasonal Activities through the Year

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 […]

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Preparing the Garden for Winter

Perennials 101, Seasonal Activities through the Year

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 […]

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The Garden in Winter

Perennials 101, Seasonal Activities through the Year

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, […]

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Keeping Early Purchased Perennials Alive

Perennials 101, Seasonal Activities through the Year

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. […]

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Deer & Rabbit Resistant Perennials

Perennials 101

DO THEY EAT EVERYTHING? It may seem like everything gets eaten, but deer and rabbits do have their particular favourites.  And, there are certain plants that they never touch.  An internet search will turn up plenty of so-called “deer-proof” or “rabbit-proof” plant lists, but ANY list must be taken with a grain of salt. That’s […]

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Perennials for Ground Cover

Perennials 101, Perennials for Special Purposes

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 […]

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Succeeding with Hardy Ferns

Perennials 101, Perennials for Special Purposes

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 the […]

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Garden Cleaning

Spring Cleaning in the Perennial Garden

Perennials 101, Seasonal Activities through the Year

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 […]

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