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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Which Perennial Flowers Should Be Cut Back In Fall?

I miss the smell of burning leaves in the fall. I’m not sure exactly why we used to pile them up and burn them. I guess to get rid of them, but leaves are a great source of organic material, either composted or rototilled directly into garden and flowerbed soil. Or they can be used…
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Hot New Class Of Peonies

Every once in awhile a plant comes along that hits the region by storm like Wave petunia and Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea. What’s the latest? Itoh peonies, and we’ll be hearing a lot more about them as word spreads. Most of us are very familiar with beautiful old-fashioned peonies (called herbaceous peonies) that have been popular…
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