Pink mum flowers with yellow centers.  Why Your Hardy Mums Die.

Why Your Hardy Mums Die

If you have 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 suggests a shrug and a well, maybe from the garden center staff. Here’s why the term hardy doesn’t necessarily mean that your mum will survive the winter.

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Closeup of purple flower spike with light green background. Plant Profile: Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Plant Profile:  Stachys monieri Hummelo

There are times when incredible plants are lackluster in their containers. Hummelo Stachys is one of those plants. 

Planted in a landscape, Hummelo holds the anticipation of bright pink flowers. Its glossy green foliage, low growing, concealing the ground. But the plants at the garden center are often only a handful of low-growing leaves. 

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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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