Russian Sage In The Perennial Garden

Has the gardening world improved, or has it declined over the past century? I do a lot of thinking while I’m planting, pruning and weeding, and I’ve considered how fortunate we are to be gardening in our present time. Take, for example, the number of perennial types that were unheard of when I was a…
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New Hosta Disease Becoming A Serious Epidemic

When we say “new” in the world of plants, it’s often something that originated within the past 20 years, but has only recently come to the forefront. For example, a “new” plant variety might have been bred 20 years ago and took decades to test and reach the retail market. A very serious “new” disease…
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It’s Time To Protect Perennials

Now that the region’s had plenty of freezing temperatures to “harden off” perennials and send them into dormancy, it’s time to protect them from winter’s extremes. Sometimes perennial flowers don’t need extra protection. Many types like peonies, iris, daylilies and hosta are so rock-hardy that they’ll usually do just fine with little or no extra…
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Can Potted Mums Be Planted Outdoors At Season’s End?

As the old saying goes, you can hardly swing a dead fish this time of year without hitting a potted mum. They’re all over the place, and with good reason. When almost everything else is finished blooming, mums close out the gardening season in style. But after potted mums have served their purpose, can they…
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Perennial Asters For Brilliant Fall Bloom

When we think of fall-blooming perennials we often think of chrysanthemums. But mums aren’t the only pebble on the autumn beach. Perennial asters are often overlooked when planting perennial flowerbeds, which is unfortunate because they add great impact to the fall garden. Here’s the scoop on the perennial group called “fall asters:” Asters present the…
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