perennials

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Watering Do’s And Don’ts When It’s Dry

Water newly planted plants, trees or shrub deeply. DON’T make the mistake of watering a little bit all the time instead.

05/19/2015

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Time To Tidy Up The Garden

Lots of us let the remains of last year’s perennials stand through the winter. Now’s the time to tidy up.

05/12/2015

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Dahlias Don’t Dig Winter

If you dig dahlias, better dig them up.

11/03/2014

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Dry Summer Means More Watering Before Winter

Anything newly-planted this year – including trees, shrubs, and perennials – needs regular deep watering until they can grow long roots.

10/22/2014

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Flower Show Drama: More Is Better

To replicate a lot of that Flower Show drama, plant many more of the same thing. Don’t plant just one or two when 10 will do just as nicely.

03/04/2014

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Putting Plantings Away For Winter

The only annuals I still have outside are those stuck in containers that I keep out all year. The others, I’ve finally ‘put to bed’.

11/13/2013

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Plan Your Plantings

Thinking ahead is a skill worth developing before you plant anything more than an annual – trees, shrubs or perennials – that you want to enjoy for years to come.

11/11/2013

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Splattered Plants Should Serve As A Reminder

So, that’s why they say to pinch back plants by the Fourth of July! Because if you don’t – they can open up in the middle like an elephant sat on them.

10/22/2013

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A Bloomin’ Good Reason To Deadhead

The dead of summer is the season of deadheading – that’s the habit of taking off the old flowers from an annual, perennial or shrub as they wither. Why bother?

07/15/2013

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Monarda Is No Sweat In Summer

One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.

07/03/2013

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Time For Planting

The hopeful time before the gardening season really gets started is one of the best parts – planning things out in your head. But now it’s time to stop planning and start planting!

05/27/2013

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Patriotic Plantings

Planting a flag of flowers for Memorial Day weekend gives you a great display for all our patriotic holidays through the summer.

05/22/2013

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Not Too Late For Plant Sales

Say, are there any more of those cool little plant sales going on this weekend? Why, yes, there are!

05/15/2013

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Salvaging Your Garden After The Storm

Where do you start? After a big storm, downed trees obviously need your attention, but what about your garden?

11/05/2012

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Refreshing Your Garden

First everything bloomed early, then it got incredibly hot and a lot of plants just plain fried. Now you’ve got browned leaves, spent stems that withered and flopped, and perennials that pooped out weeks ago. Give them a haircut.

08/06/2012

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