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Cultivation of Hardy Perennial Plants

1. Growing Conditions  >  2. Selecting Plants  >  3. Planting  >  4. Maintenance

2. Selecting Plants

The two most important factors are usually the desired effect (eg medium height plants with 'hot' coloured flowers around mid-summer) and what will grow in the site in question (eg astilbes do not grow in hot dry conditions, symphytum thrives under deciduous trees).

The best solution is to choose plants which give the desired effect in the prevailing growing conditions. Sometimes plants surprise us by either growing where you think they should not be able to survive, or failing where you would think they should flourish (eg many 'shade loving' plants, such as hellebores and pulmonarias, thrive in full sun as well as shade). So, there is no real substitute for experimenting with different plants in your own particular garden, loosely based around which plants 'should in theory' do well there.

To a limited extent it is possible to modify the growing conditions, by constructing bog gardens, removing overhanging branches to improve light levels and so on. Also growing plants in containers can sometimes succeed where they fail in the ground.

Desired Effect:-

What will grow well in the prevailing garden conditions:-:

Bare Root vs. Container Grown Plants:- The main difference is that bare root plants can only really be transplanted between October and March, while container grown plants can be planted at any time.

Plant Size:- Since larger plants usually cost more, this is a question of time and money. Many perennials will look their best after about two or three years, and the smaller plants will often seem to catch up within this period. Also it is strange how often the plants in 9cm pots seem to be about as big as those in 2 litre containers. Sometimes a larger plant can be divided at planting time, to make several smaller plants.

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Many thanks, excellent plant arrived in good condition, will shop with you again, Regards Graham (Banbury)

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