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Perennial Planting Guide

If you're looking for ideas and inspiration on gardening with perennials, you've come to the right place. These articles cover general gardening topics as well as detailed information on specific perennial plants.

When Your Perennials Arrive »

Seed Planting Instructions

How to coddle your perennial plants from the moment they arrive. Potted plants and roots need special care after a long quick transit. Here's how to start each one right.

Top Perennial Plants For Wildflower Meadows »

Perennial Plants for Meadows

After seeding and tending wildflower meadows for over 20 years, we’ve learned a lot. Most of our work has been done in Vermont, but by working with wildgardeners from all over North America for over two decades, we also learned which plants do best in various areas.

Everybody Loves Lupines »

Everybody Loves Lupines

From the Pacific to the Coast of Maine, wild lupine species light up almost every state. And their hybrids are favorites in perennial gardens everywhere.

Why America Loves Astilbes »

America Loves Astilbe

These elegant plume-flowered perennials are a gardener's dream: They create color in shade. They're easy to grow and super cold-hardy. They spread quickly and can be divided for more in a year or two. The elegant plumed flowers are even great for cutting. What more can you ask?

Clematis, The Queen of Vines »

Clematis

Every summer it happens. You notice the cascade of lavish flowers on the same porches in the neighborhood. So why not have that big display in your yard? On your mailbox? Or your trellis. Growing classic clematis is easy, and the vines reward you more and more as the years go by.

Butterfly Bushes »

Butterfly Bushes

To a butterfly, they're much more than just another pretty flower. No wonder Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia davidii) are super-popular. These beautiful blooming shrubs don't just attract butterflies like any bright-colored flowers. With their honey-like scent, they're irresistible butterfly magnets.

First Frost Date Chart »

First Frost Dates

When will your annual flowers be killed by frost? When will your gardening season end? This chart tells it all by giving you cities coast to coast and their "first killing frost date." Just check out your nearby cities, and you'll know when to expect it will happen.

Daylilies »

Daylilies

From the lowly "ditch lily" have come over 20,000 elegant hybrids, making Daylilies the most popular perennials of them all. And no wonder--in a true rainbow of colors with all sorts of flower forms, this dependable plant is a snap to grow. Today, the parade goes on--every gardener has his or her favorites.

Hardy Hibiscus »

Hardy Hibiscus

Not the fussy houseplant, tropical Hibiscus, but the wonderful tough, perennial yard shrubs created from some of our most beautiful North American wildflowers. These beauties are becoming more and more popular, as far north as Zone 4.

All About Irises »

All About Irises

A quick guide to growing all the Irises: The big Bearded Irises you plant in late summer, the bulb Iris you plant in fall, and Siberian, Japanese and Louisianas you plant in spring. They're all great, all easy to grow, and when you plant any iris, you're dealing with the official flower of kings and queens.

The "Other" Irises: Siberian, Japanese, Louisianas »

Siberian Japanese Louisana Irises

Don't let the big Bearded Irises fool you. These are the beardless ones, the often overlooked easy-to-grow "Other Irises": Japanese, Siberian, Louisianas, and Wild Iris species. If you're only growing the big Bearded Irises, click here to see what you're missing.

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