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Planting & Transplanting:


Perennials can be purchased in a number of ways. The most common way is plants in quart, one or two gallon containers. These plants are already growing and afford the gardener the flexibility to select and plant through the growing season. Another way is bareroot or packaged plants. These are obtained through mail order or at garden centers and are sold as dormant material. These are available for spring planting only. If these materials are received at a time that they can not be planted immediately, keep the plants cool and keep the roots moist. They can be held for several weeks this way, thus assuring their survival prior to planting.

 

When to plant:


Most perennials are best planted in the spring. However, with the availability of material in containers, the planting season often extends well into the summer and early fall with autumn planting continuing until the first of October. The earlier perennials are planted the better the root system will be when the plant enters the winter. Late fall plantings can sometimes result in frost heaving and loss of perennials.

 

Planting depth:

Containerized perennials should be planted at the same depth they were grown in the container. Planting too high results in plants drying out and too low invites crown rots. Some perennials such as bleeding heart, iris and peony need shallow planting in order to flower properly. Containerized plants should be watered before planting and bare root perennials should be soaked in water for one hour prior to planting in order to rehydrate the plants.

 

Transplanting:

Most perennials are transplanted in the spring as growth starts or in the late summer or early fall. It is usually best to wait until the plants have flowered and then cut back by half just prior to moving. If plants are moved out of season, they may need to be shaded for several days to allow them to recover.

Select your specific planting condition:

Verbena (some)
Phlox (some)
Dicentra (some) Bleeding-heart
Geranium (some) Cranesbill
Dianthus (some) Pinks
Veronica (some) Speedwell
Sedum (some) Stonecrop
Epimedium Barrenwort
Aegopodium Bishop's weed
Ajuga Bugleweed
lberis Candytuft
Nepeta Catmint
Houttuynia cordata Chameleon Plant
Gypsophila repens Creeping Baby's-breath
Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup
Polemonium reptans Creeping Jacob's-ladder
Lysimachia nummularia Creeping Jennie
Coronilla varia Crown Vetch
Lathyrus latifolius Everlasting Pea
Tiarella False Miterwort
Galeobdolon luteum Golden Deadnettle
Bergenia cordifolia Heardeaf Bergenia
Papaver nudicaule Iceland Poppy
Hedera Ivy
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
Polygonum Knotweed
Stachys byzantina Lamb's-ears
Symphytum grandiflorum Large-flowered Comfrey
Santolina Lavender Cotton
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Leadwort
Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-valley
Liriope Lilyturf
Duchesnea indica Mock Strawberry
Alchemilla alpina Mountain Lady's-mantle
Oenothera missouriensis Ozark Sundrops
Mentha pulegium Pennyroyal
Vinca Periwinkle
Hosta Plantain Lily
Aubrieta deltoidea Purple Rock Cress
Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata' Purpleleaf Wintercreeper
Antennaria Pussy-toes
Arabis Rock Cress
Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort
Chamaemelum nobile Roman Chamomile
Arenaria Sandwort
Artemisia schmidtiana Silver Mound Artemisia
Cerastium tomentosum Snow-in-summer
Lamium maculatum Spotted Deadnettle
Potentilla tabernaemontani Spring Cinquefoil
Hypericum calycinum St.-John's-wort
Clematis paniculata Sweet Autumn Clematis
Viola odorata Sweet Viola
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff
Armeria maritima Thrift, Sea Pink
Thymus Thyme
Petrorhagia saxifraga Tunic Flower
Asarum Wild Ginger
Achiffea tomentosa Woolly Yarrow




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