Article: Myth #2: All Perennials Require little or No Maintenance.: I loved your article on maintaining perennials

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Image Myth #2: All Perennials Require little or No Maintenance.
By Charlie Street on November 4, 2010

The second popular myth (see previous article for the first) associated with perennials assumes that, once planted, perennials maintain themselves. It may be true that some perennials do only require minimal maintenance, but many others require a lot. In addition, when perennials are placed in large beds in the company of many other perennials, maintenance is complicated and time consuming.

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ImageLynxx
Nov 4, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Thank you for this article. I have had problems with rosemary for 3 years. this article gave me insight into it's proper care. :)
SunnyBorders
Nov 4, 2010 11:21 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Glad the article was of interest, Alynxia.

Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb as you would know. Like other herbs of Mediterranean origin it likes sunny conditions and sandy, well drained soil. It is not winter hardy here, though the equally lovely aromatic lavender fortunately is.

Also in line with rosemary's Mediterranean origin, it does not do well in humid air.

ImageLynxx
Nov 5, 2010 6:47 AM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Right, and I have all of the wrong conditions for it. I'm going to try it one more time, (I love the smell so much, even if not using it to cook with) taking your advice, and choosing better location :)
ImageLance
Nov 5, 2010 7:43 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I have made my own mistakes with Rosemary, mulching it to try and overwinter it - it died from being too wet instead of frozen. You might want to try a raised bed area that drains well in a sunny location. It is indeed a wonderful herb to have.
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SunnyBorders
Nov 5, 2010 8:46 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Great suggestion, Lance.
ImageLynxx
Nov 6, 2010 3:15 AM CST
Name: Just call me Lynxx :)
South Florida, 9B
Lover of planet earth
Thank you Lance,
i will indeed do this. Day after tomorrow. we start a garden project. She will sit in full sun, raised, promise. I want to smell it as I walk by :)
Imagege1836
Nov 6, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Great article. There is always something to learn.
SunnyBorders
Nov 6, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks Jo Ann,

True of perennial gardening. True of life.

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