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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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Imageeweed
Nov 5, 2010 1:02 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Well done, Bravo.
Imageirisarian
Nov 5, 2010 6:41 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Much information in a small space of time. thank you.
ImageLance
Nov 5, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Charlie does a good job, and is quite knowledgeable. I am pleased he has decided to share his knowledge with the rest of us. I anticipate many more good articles, so keep watching.
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SunnyBorders
Nov 5, 2010 8:53 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks Lance.

I'd also be the first to say I'm still learning about perennial gardening myself. Some of the most valuable knowledge is "hands-on", which is why it's so interesting to hear other gardeners comment on their own experiences with perennials.
ImageMaria
Nov 5, 2010 9:47 AM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
The best article I have ever read about perennial flowers they are what grows mostly in my garden though I seem to have a never ending problems with that awful lily bug, no matter what I do to get rid of them they come back year after year.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
SunnyBorders
Nov 5, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks Maria.

Sorry to hear about the lily beetles. Apparently, their first U.S. official sighting was in summer 1992, in Cambridge, Mass. I had quite a few true lilies and used hand picking and neem oil on the larva, for a while, and then gave up. Best hope for environmentally conscious control is the introduction of parasitic insects (which has already begun).
ImageMaria
Nov 5, 2010 1:45 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Guess I have to be happy from now on only with my day lilies but I do hope something in the future will help to get rid of that bug, I don't even know how it got to this Massachusetts, I have also heard it is slowly moving west.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
SunnyBorders
Nov 6, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks Lucy,

Sorry didn't say so before!

Been cold here for last few days, but going to be good gardening weather next week. Likely the last real chance to get things done in the garden, before spring.

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