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    22 Flowering Perennials for Cutting

    Bouquet of pink and orange peonies in a bucket

    Perennials produce colorful flowers for cutting and display in the home. Perennials are plants that live more than two years, as distinguished from annuals and biennials. Perennials have been cut flower favorites for generations. In many old-time gardens, most of the plants were hardy perennials, such as phlox, peonies, delphinium, and bleeding heart. Because of […]

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    20 Perennials That Bloom for 6 to 8 Weeks

    Long-blooming Achillea millefolium

    Perennials are often referred to as the “busy gardener’s favorites” because they make unnecessary the sowing of seeds or the setting out of transplants every year. A perennial is in the garden for at least two years and most for much longer. Perennials, especially in their flowering habit, offer the gardener many advantages. Added advantage: […]

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    Deer-Resistant Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs

    Butterfly weed

    Deer-resistant plants are plants deer tend to not eat. If deer are hungry enough they will eat practically any kind of plant. This list includes annuals, perennials, and bulbs that deer have turned away from in many gardens; there is no guarantee they will not eat them in your garden. As a general rule, deer […]

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    20 Fragrant Annuals and Perennials

    Scented pink peonies

    Fragrant annuals and perennials bring delight to the garden. In planting fragrant annuals and perennials consider first the place and circumstance. Choose annuals and perennials that will grow in your climate, then consider whether the plant will thrive in the sun or shade in the spot you have in mind, then consider the flower color […]

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    20 Long-Blooming Perennials

    Stella De Oro Daylily

    Long-blooming perennials are perennial plants that will hold blossoms for weeks on end–sometimes as long as 5 to 8 weeks for each flower. Long-blooming perennials are also plants that produce successions of blooms over a long season. They bloom and then they bloom again. Perennials are often referred to as the “busy gardener’s favorites” because […]

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    Drought-Tolerant Annuals and Perennials

    Butter daisy

    Drought tolerant annuals and perennials are plants that can withstand dry soil after their roots are established. No plant is drought-resistant until it become established. All plants require a steady supply of moisture when first planted. Once a plant is established and has a deep root system, it requires less water. Annuals and perennials started […]

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    Annuals and Perennials for Part Shade

    Daylily

    Some annuals and perennials are well adapted to growing in part shade. Part shade is also sometimes described as filtered shade, dappled shade, and intermittent shade. Plants that grow and thrive in part shade are typically understory plants, that is plants found under open-branched trees. These plants are also a good choice for planting in […]

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    Annuals and Perennials for Shade

    Virginia Bluebells.

    Few garden annuals or perennials will succeed in dense shade. Where no sun penetrates, the list of plants for growing in shade is almost wholly restricted to plants native to thick woodlands. Where there are two or three hours of sun each day, or flickering shade from trees, some garden favorites will bloom satisfactorily. Get […]

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    Annuals and Perennials for Seaside Gardens

    Cape plumbago

    Many plants grow well by the sea, so it is not impossible or very difficult to have a seaside garden. When native seaside vegetation is supplemented by “exotics” (in this case non-seashore native plants), a garden will lack nothing that is needed to be delightful–and unmistakably a seaside garden. At a distance of 500 feet […]

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    Perennials for Clay Soil

    Bee balm in garden

    Growing plants in clay soil can be a chore. Clay soil particles are small and flat; they pack so closely that water has trouble draining between them. Clay soil particles are so dense that plant roots have a hard time growing around or between them. Clayey soil is sticky and heavy when wet and hard […]

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    Ten Autumn Blooming Perennials for Sun or Part Sun

    Windflowers

    Autumn-blooming perennials will keep the garden full of color until frost and cold weather arrive. Though comparatively few in number, autumn blooming perennials offer an abundance of blooms and a brilliance of colors. You could easily devote an entire garden to autumn-blooming perennials. Autumn-blooming perennials are best planted in spring and early summer, but with […]

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    Perennials and Their Seasons

    Summer perennial border

    Understanding the nature of plants will help you establish a garden that will be a thing of beauty rather than a disappointment. Perennials are plants that live for three or more years. They live longer than annuals and biennials. Of course, trees and shrubs are perennial in habit, but the term perennial is generally applied […]

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