By Paul Epsom


By Paul Epsom from The Victory Garden

This week we're talking about perennials.

Late June and early July are great times to find and plant flowering perennials—plants like spirea, Shasta daisies, day lily and Iris.

If you want to go the seed route instead—there is still time to start perennial seeds in the garden. Where the growing season is short, like in New England - even quick-to-bloom perennials may not have time to do much this year, but they'll be mature and likely will bloom next year.

Sow seeds indoors to start—in peat, pots or even plastic—plants like Shasta daisies, coneflowers, and coreopsis. The seeds and seedlings will be easy to care for if started in trays or flats.

When the seedlings are growing well, transplant them to an empty row in your kitchen garden or to a sheltered spot in the flowerbeds. When the weather cools in late August—move them to permanent homes in the garden.

For the perennials that are in your garden now and blooming—don't forget to deadhead—it is critical in keep plants healthy and blooming.



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