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Daylilies Not Blooming

Daylilies Not BloomingThis is a page about daylilies not blooming. Growing these hardy perennials is generally quite easy, so when they don't bloom it can be frustrating.



Growing BittersweetThis is a page about growing bittersweet. Bittersweet is an easy to grow vine known for its beautiful fall color.



Cutting Back Perennials in the FallThis is a page about cutting back perennials in the fall. Deciding whether to cut or not to cut back your perennials in the fall can be perplexing. There are pros and cons to either option.



Starting a Forsythia From a Cutting?A hardy, perennial shrub that can be propagated from cuttings. This page is about starting a forsythia from a clipping.


Growing Lavender

Growing LavenderThis page is about growing lavender. This fragrant, hardy perennial shrub is a wonderful addition to any garden.



Clematis Not BloomingThis is a page about clematis not blooming. You chose your clematis for its showy flowers, so it is at the very least disappointing when it fails to bloom.


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Comparable Replacement for my Red Tip Photinias?Can you please give me a name of a comparable replacement for my Red Tip Photinias that are slowly dying off? I would like it to be an evergreen shrub that grows as fast and full as these. Thank you.


A patch of phalaris grass growing by some decorative rocks.

Growing PhalarisPhalaris is a genus of beautiful grasses found throughout the world except for Antarctica. It grows well under a variety of conditions. They have broad leaves and a dense spike of flowers.


A potted fern on a white background.

Growing FernsThere are numerous varieties of ferns, each have its own growing requirements. Identifying your fern is the first step. Then you can provide the right growing medium, exposure, and planting site. Some will only do well as indoor plants others are more hardy, depending on their native climate conditions and can be planted outdoors or rotated in and out depending on season.


Verbascum Yellow flowers

Growing VerbascumThis biennial perennial flowering plant is a good choice for a cottage garden, borders, or hummingbird gardens. They also have medicinal uses as a throat gargle, for digestive problems, earaches, and skin inflammations. The wild variety is considered very invasive. This is a page about growing verbascum.


Close up of pink Calibrachoa (Million Bells).

Growing Calibrachoa (Million Bells)This newer species is a short lived perennial, often grown as an annual. The trailing habit of the million bells make them excellent container plant choices. Their pretty 1 inch flowers can be found in pinks, white, and red. This is a page about growing calibrachoa (million bells).


Yellow winter aconite blossoms.

Growing Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)This perennial plant, native to woodland habitats in Italy, France, and the Balkans and naturalized in other parts of Europe, grows from a tuber and produces yellow buttercup flowers in the early spring. This is a page about growing winter aconite (eranthis hyemalis).



A field of coreopsis flowers in bloom.

Growing CoreopsisThere are over 100 species of coreopsis, most, but not all, are perennials. These colorful, popular garden plants are also know as tickseed and calliopsis. This is a page about growing coreopsis.


Golden yellow blooms on a helenium plant in a garden.

Growing HeleniumHelenium grows well in moist, even wet, poorly drained soil. Humus added to dry or sandy garden soils will help retain moisture. As natives they like low meadows and the edges of damp woodland areas. This is a page about growing helenium also known as sneezeweed and Helen's flower.


Perennial Flowers

Help Choosing PerennialsBecause they will grace your garden season after season, choosing perennials for your garden can have an enduring effect on the overall appearance. Native plants are a good choice as are plants that do well in your area. Check neighbor's gardens, the local nursery, or contact a master gardener. This is a page about help choosing perennials.


A beautiful landscape design utilizing perennial plants.

Designing With PerennialsPerennial plants come with so many beautiful colorful flowers and foliage, that they are a joy to use in designing your garden. Here are some helpful suggestions for planning perennial beds and borders to help you get the most of these versatile plants.


Perennial flower garden with beautiful flowers.

Perennial Flower Garden MaintenanceTo keep your perennial flowers healthy and looking their best all season long, you need to get in the habit of scheduling some routine maintenance. Here are some strategies for upkeep that require minimal effort, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your garden, and less time working in it.


Veronica Flowers

Growing VeronicaThis versatile flowering plant is available in several varieties from low growing creepers to two foot tall plants suitable for beds and borders. This is a page about growing veronica.


Pink Ranunculus

Growing RanunculusThese full sun to part shade perennials bloom in late spring in a variety of bright colors. This is a page about growing ranunculus.


Peony Shoots

Peony Bushes Not Blooming?The reasons that your peonies are not blooming include, planting too deeply or dividing too late in the previous summer. This is a page about peony bushes not blooming.


flowering vines on mailbox

Five Favorite Perennial VinesPerennial vines can often be just what you need for a specific space in your garden. They provide color, texture, height, and often fragrance. This is a page about five favorite perennial vines.


perennial asters

What is a Perennial?This is a page about, "What is a Perennial?". The plants in your garden can be divided into two main categories, annuals and perennials. Perennials are those plants that will come up or leaf out every spring for at least several years.


Winterizing a Geranium Part One

Winterizing a Geranium PlantThis is a page about winterizing a geranium plant. These cheerful flowers can be easy to winterize and enjoy year after year.


Purple spiderwort blooms with foliage in the background

Growing Spiderwort (Tradescantia pallida)This is a page about growing spider wort (tradescantia pallida). The spiderwort is an easy to grow perennial that you may want to find a place for in your garden.


Dividing Small Clumps Of Hosta

Dividing HostaThis is a page about dividing hosta. Like many perennials hosta can be divided to give you multiple new plants to spread throughout your garden.


Phlox plant with white blooms in garden

Growing PhloxThis is a page about growing phlox. Phlox is a perennial garden plant that is a great choice for a sunny location in your garden.


Cape Fuchsia Flowers

Growing Cape FuchsiaThis is a page about growing cape fuchsia. Although not actually a fuchsia, these striking trumpet shaped blooms will brighten your garden and attract hummingbirds.



Propagating Perennials

Propagating PerennialsThis is a page about propagating perennials. There are several ways to make new plants when growing perennials.


closeup of gaillardia

Growing Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)This is a page about growing blanket flower (gaillardia). The rich bright colors of this easy to grow, drought tolerant perennial are a great addition to your garden.


A nursery full of beautiful plants.

Perennial Plants of the YearThis is a page about perennial plants of the year. Each year the members of the Perennial Plant Association choose a plant of the year.


Penstemon (Bearded Tongue)

Growing: Penstemon (Bearded Tongue)This is a page about growing: penstemon (bearded tongue). Native to north america, indigenous peoples used penstemons medicinally to relieve pain, treat snake bites and other health problems.


Fern in the ice and snow.

Winterizing a Fern?This page is about winterizing a fern. There are many different kinds and sizes of this ancient perennial plant. Some garden varieties need special care when the weather turns cold.


Photo of a red camellia.

Selecting Perennials for Northern Texas?This page is about selecting perennials for northern Texas. Planting the best perennials for your growing zone and environment will help insure gardening success.


Carolina Jessamine or Gelsemium sempervirens

Growing Carolina Jessamine?This page is about growing Carolina Jessamine. This sun loving, southern evergreen vine produces an abundance of yellow trumpet flowers.


Mountain Bluet

Growing Mountain Bluet (Centaurea Montana)This page is about growing mountain bluet (centaurea montana). This perennial is great for borders and has beautiful blue, unusually shaped petals.


Coneflowers (Echinacea)

Dividing Coneflowers (Echinacea)?This is a page about dividing coneflowers (echinacea). These flowering perennials, originally found on the prairie, benefit from periodic dividing.


Growing Foxglove

Growing FoxgloveThis is a page about growing foxglove. These tall stately flowering perennials originated in norther Europe. They are easily grown in full or part sun, from seed. Do keep in mind that they are also very poisonous, if you have small children.


Growing Epimedium

Growing EpimediumThis is a page about growing epimedium. ,a native of China, is a good choice for your woodland garden.


Growing Sedum

Growing SedumThis is a page about growing sedum. There are many types of these succulents known as sedum. They are easy to grow and quite tolerant of poor growing conditions.


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Growing Creeping JennyThis is a page about growing creeping Jenny, money wort, or creeping Charlie. Creeping Jenny is a fast growing (potentially invasive in lawn) ground cover that produces bright yellow flowers. It is lightly steppable, making it a good choice for around garden path stones.


red bee balm flower closeup

Growing Bee BalmThis page is about growing bee balm. A wonderful flower for attracting hummingbirds to your garden.


Growing Lilies

Growing LiliesThis is a page about growing lilies. There are so many beautiful lilies that you can plant to grace your garden, adding color and sometimes heady fragrance.




Growing DayliliesThis is a page about growing daylilies. Daylilies are easy to grow perennials that can be found in many colors. They look beautiful in border and mass plantings.


Ivy Cutting

Growing IvyThis is a page about growing ivy. Many varieties of ivy make a great ground cover or climbing plant and can add color to your garden.


English Ivy Leaf

Growing English IvyThis is a page about growing English ivy. English ivy is a hardy vining plant that grows very well in warm weather and is easy enough to grow, even for the novice gardener.


Jasmine plant

Growing Confederate JasmineThis page is about growing confederate jasmine. A perennial vine, also know as star jasmine, that is quite hardy and develops very fragrant flowers.


A Flowering Jasmine Bush

Growing JasmineThis page is about growing jasmine. A shrub native to tropical and warm regions that is primarily grown for tea flowers.


Growing Ornamental Grasses Purple Fountain Grass

Growing Ornamental GrassesThis is a page about growing ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses can add texture and color to your garden.


Growing English Mallow

Growing English MallowThis page is about growing English mallow. This lovely perennial herb has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes since ancient times.


Orange Dahlias

Growing DahliasThis is a page about growing dahlias. Dahlias with their beautiful array of colors and ease of growing make a great gardening choice.


Growing Honeysuckle

Growing HoneysuckleThere are a number of varieties of this fragrant vine to choose from. This is a page about growing honeysuckle.


Purple Clematis

Growing ClematisThis is a page about growing clematis. Clematis vines are available in many varieties, with flowers in differing colors and sizes. Most are perennials, although there are a few evergreen varieties. These beautiful flowering vines can be a great addition to most gardens.


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Reblooming Iris Only Bloomed Once?I have several reblooming iris plants and they bloom in the spring, but only once. Any thoughts?


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White Mold on Perennial Plants?Here in zone 4, we have had an unusually wet spring and summer. Several of my plants in raised beds seem to have a white mold growing on the leaves. It doesn't affect blooms and it doesn't seem contagious. There is no bug I can see.


Two echinacea flowers

Dividing PerennialsThis is a page about dividing perennials. Growing perennials is like having a plant factory in your own backyard. You will need to periodically divide and transplant these hardy flowers. Done properly this will provide you with a host of new plants.


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Growing Red Head Fountain Grass?My red head fountain grass perennial has not come back this year. I'm not sure whether it was too wet. Should it have started growing already? Is there still a chance it will grow this summer or next?


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What is the Best Groundcover for Sunny Rocky Bank?What is a hardy, fast growing groundcover to put on a bank that is rocky and gets afternoon sun?


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White Flowering Plant for a Cat Memorial?I am looking for a beautiful white flower plant, that has flowers all year round. I just lost my cat Snowflake after 13 years and want to design a beautiful memorial on his grave. I also need it to be non toxic because I have other cats.


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When Do I Cut Back Fall Blooming Mums?When do I need to cut away dead foliage from the mums that bloomed in the fall?


Caring for a Potted Salvia?My stepson just gave me a huge potted salvia. I am a 101 gardener and the only salvias I have are a few small ones in a flower bed. Do I want to transfer this large potted salvia into a bed or continue re-potting?


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Do Ivy Plants Freeze?Does ivy freeze? I've left it out side in a planter pot all summer and the duration of the winter. It has snowed and gotten below-40 degrees Celsius. I am wondering if it will affect it?


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Peony with Blight?Help, my peony has blight. I sprayed it with fungicide, but with all the wet weather we've had, I fear it's too late. Any ideas?


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Perennial Plant Suggestions?I have placed a single row of cement blocks to help retain the soil on a slope in my backyard. Could anyone suggest a plant or flower which I could plant in each of the holes in the top of the blocks? Possibly a perennial which would spread over the side and hide the blocks.


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Cutting Back Hummingbird Vines?Do you have to cut Hummingbird vines back to the ground each year?


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My Hibiscus is Struggling?I successfully took cuttings from a beautiful double yellow Hibiscus. They grew to about 18 inches and had lots of leaves then they started to lose their leaves and one died.


Florida Cardinal Caladium Magic

Florida Cardinal Caladium MagicCaladiums are one type of plant that can add beautiful color to the shady parts of your yard. They are tropical beauties that come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.


lupin growing by a split rail fence

How to Grow Wild LupineHave you ever gathered seeds from wild lupine plants to sow in your garden and ended up with disappointing results? Stands of lupine are easy to establish this way, providing the conditions are right.


Designing with perennials

Designing With PerennialsWith all of their colors, shapes, and textures, it's hard to imagine designing a garden without perennials. Here are some helpful suggestions for planning perennial beds and borders to help you get the most of these versatile plants.


White bell-like flowers of Lily-of-the-Valley

How to Grow Lily-of-the-ValleyThree words that describe lily-of the-valley are beautiful, reliable, and fragrant. Its delightful sweet smelling, spring flowers are reason enough to grow them, but lily-of the-valley also offers reliable solutions to problem areas of the garden.


wisteria in bloom

Wisteria at the WindowWhen moving to our old farmhouse we bought this wisteria as a tiny, single branch with the hope of seeing the beautiful flowers and smelling their lovely scent one day. Some doubted it would ever grow, but it has flourished on our old farm land, much to the delight of us all when we look out our window!


closeup of bleeding heart flowers

Bleeding HeartsThis is a picture of my bleeding hearts in my garden. A neighbor of mine let me dig them and other nice perennials up from her yard because she didn't want to deal with all of the flowers and plants in her yard.


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Clematis Not Blooming?My clematis (2nd year) had a beautiful show in Spring and now it has greenish starburst things that I thought were going to bloom, but they are not. The plant looks healthy, but is not blooming, why?


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Growing Hosta?My new hosts were planted 4 weeks ago and are shooting about 2in high now. Should I take them in for the winter? I'm new to gardening so will be glad of any help.


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Growing Hens and Chicks?I got some hens and chicks last year. Now they look all brown and withered. When do they come back?


hydrangeas in pots

New Hydrangeas Drooping?I live in Indiana, zone 5. I bought 2 bigleafs from a store around Mother's Day that were big and beautiful! I am having a hard time keeping them that way. My pink bigleafs are doing well. My blue ones are drooping.


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Growing Hostas?I have some hostas that are 2-3 years old. They come up each year, but never get any bigger. I have 3 different kinds and they all act the same so I don't think it is the type. They grow in constant shade between a large pine tree and the house. I have a feeling that the pine or cedar trees have something to do with it.


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Growing Star Jasmine?How do I care for a star jasmine and what method is best for propagation?


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