why your hardy mums die

Why Your Hardy Mums Die

If you’ve ever planted a hardy mum in the fall and hoped for its return the following spring, only to be left with an empty spot in your garden, you’re not alone.  Yes, hardy does imply that your mum will survive the winter.  It also implies a shrug and a well, maybe from the garden center staff.  Here’s why hardy doesn’t necessarily mean that your mum will survive the winter.

 

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Plant Profile: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face.  The plant looked nice and was super healthy.  But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint.  Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more.  So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?

 

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When do I cut back my perennials?

How and When to Winterize Your Perennials

Pruning all your perennials down in the fall seems like it would be the correct thing to do, right?  I get it, you have beautiful fall weather, you’re already raking leaves and it just makes sense to cut down the perennials and move on with the up-coming holiday season.  Unfortunately what we want and what our plants need aren’t always the same thing.  Here are answers to some common perennial winterization questions.

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