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Your Questions About Perennials

September 25, 2012 9:57 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Charles asks…

What are the best plants (preferably perennials) to deter cats from spoiling the garden?

Preferably plants that will grow at the base of a hedge where the cats come and go to the next door property.

Martin Boyle answers:

There aren’t any plants that will deter cats from coming into your garden, I’m afraid there is not a lot you can do other than placing the likes of rose clippings around your plants to stop them from digging them up.

William asks…

My plants (perennials) have holes in the leaves what is the culprit?

I live in BC (western Canada)
The holes are long and thin within the margins of the leaves with little or no notching

Martin Boyle answers:

Go out at night and take a look, it could be slugs. Ugh, I hate them.

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Your Questions About Perennials Flowers

September 24, 2012 9:55 am
posted by Martin Boyle

Nancy asks…

I accidentally indirectly sprayed perennials with weed-killer & now the flowers are dead. Will they grow back?

I sprayed weed killer on some weeds in my garden, carefully trying to avoid the perennial shrubs and flowering shrubs. Well, the flowers all died. Have I killed the perennials for good, or will they flower again next season? Is there anything I can do now?

Martin Boyle answers:

Sorry to say but you most likely killed them, I did the same thing not realizing the power of the weed killer mine did not come back the following year. You should though hose the area down real good to rid yourself of the remaining weed killer. Best in future to yank the weed by the root.

Michael asks…

What types of flowers (perennials)can I plant now?

I’m looking more in the lines of xeroscaping types. I’m new to gardening and need some good advice. I know I’m going to use a couple of crape mrtyles but do not have any other ideas. 2 beds to fill-each is app 30 ft x 5 ft. Thanks for your time.

Martin Boyle answers:

Mixed Daffodils, Tulips, Narcissus, Crocus, Lilies, Blue bells, Hyacinths, Crecian Windflowers, Dutch iris, Holland Charms, and Purple drumsticks.

You can plant flowers in every month that has the letter “R” in it.

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Your Questions About Perennials For Ohio

September 23, 2012 7:01 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Betty asks…

Date of first frost in southwestern Ohio?

What is the typical date of the first frost for southwestern Ohio cities? I’m a first-time gardener in this part of the state. I ordered some perennials for fall planting from an online nursery, and they still haven’t shipped yet. I’m concerned that I won’t receive the plants before the first frost, and it will be too late to put them in the ground (and if that happens, I’m not sure what I can do with the plants).

Martin Boyle answers:

You will be OK to plant your perennials for a while yet…but the first frost could be anytime soon….probably in about 2 weeks or so. The ground will still be warm enough (even after the first frost) for you to plant most of your perennials for a bit longer tho, so don’t worry . If they are hardy varieties they will be fine as long as you get them planted in the ground and don’t leave them sitting above ground . As long as the ground isn’t freezing….that will start happening usually in December…sometimes earlier sometimes later…it’s Ohio and you never know what the weather is going to be like.

Carol asks…

What perennial plants like moist conditions but hardy enough for Ohio weather?

I live in Ohio (zone 5) But my backyard is moist and in the early spring it floods. My problem is I just moved in last spring, and I have a kidney bean shaped garden back there and cant figure out what is hardy enough to survive back there. There is plenty of sun and shade just real moist in spring it does tend to dry out a little more in the summer months. Any help is greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.
I would also like to attract butteries and hummingbirds, as I have a few hummingbirds due to plants in other gardens and feeders, Thanks again

Martin Boyle answers:

Perennials are those flowers which reliably bloom year after year. They die back to the ground each winter after flourishing for a full growing season only to reemerge again in the spring. They’re also noted for their texture and vibrant colors. Generally, perennials are a bit maintenance though there are those require almost no maintenance. These perennials are some the easiest to care for. They also provide colorful flowers and long lasting foliage.

Day-lilies are a very common perennial which do remarkably well with very little maintenance. Their flowers, which are available in a wide range of colors, bloom on stocks which grow up from clumps of long pointed foliage. A profuse bloomer, day-lilies flower for weeks. They prefer a bit of shade in the afternoon when the sun is strongest.

Easy Care Perennials –

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Your Questions About What are good perennials to grow in planters?

6:31 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Donna asks…

What are good perennials to grow in planters?

We are buying a new house and since we’ll be fixing up the inside we can’t afford much in the way of landscaping this year. I would like to liven up the front porch though. I don’t want to waste money and energy planting annuals that have to be re-done every year. What are some options for perennials that do well in planters?
I just hate throwing away plants (and money) every year 🙁 Maybe I’ll just do a few annuals in pots on the porch and some shrubs and perennials around the porch in front of the house.

Martin Boyle answers:

I understand why you want to plant perennials in your containers, but honestly hardiness is greatly reduced in perennials when you plant them in pots. This is mostly because people don’t want to go out and water during the winter, and since they won’t have access to ground water, they dry up and die. The other reason is that they don’t have the ground soil to keep their roots from completely freezing. If they are above ground in a pot the roots can freeze to the point of death.

If you really want to try planting something perennial, I would go with planting bulbs. You can plant the bulbs in layers so that you get several different varieties of flowers in one container so you will continually have blooms (first crocus, then daffodils, then hyacinths, then tulips, then iris, then daylillies (which are actually roots, but are very hardy). Good luck!

Linda asks…

Which perennials are best for an area that’s shady all day?

I want to plant some perennials in front of my house, but it’s on the north side of the house so it gets no sun. Any suggestions for perennials that will thrive there?

Martin Boyle answers:

I just came across this great link while answering another question. Check out the following link and you can get a list of deep shade plants for your zone!


Good luck!

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Your Questions About Perennials For Zone 4

6:19 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

John asks…

I’m looking for some hardy flowering perennials that do well in shade. I’m in zone 4-5.?

Martin Boyle answers:

Bleeding Hearts and Fringed Bleeding Hearts
Astilbe, Periwinkle Vinca and Hosta Plants
Lamium, Dutchman’s breeches,Blue Pearl Polemonium, Helleborus, Forget-Me-Nots, Hardy Primrose.

Since you have a shady garden…I thought you’d be interested in this 3-Season Shade Garden:

Good luck! Hope this is helpful.

Richard asks…

Does anyone have a list of perennial herbs, vegetables, and fruits for Zone 4, Minnesota hardy?

I am planning a small (100 Sq. Ft) edible perennial garden, and would like a list of easy-to-grow perennial herbs, vegetables and fruits.

Have you created one? How has it worked/not worked?

Right now, I have raspberries, chives, scallions and strawberries and they seem to do fine with little to no attention besides weeding, of course. What else could I add to the garden?

Martin Boyle answers:

I gardened in Minneapolis for 16 years. Most herbs really aren’t perennial there, though depending on the winter and the cover and your micro climate, you may be able to keep sage, winter savory and thyme for several years. Mint, chives (both garlic and onion), tarragon, oregano and lovage are reliably perennial. It is also fairly simple to establish parsley (a biennial) as if it were perennial. Dill and cilantro will self sow and come back every year if encouraged. Rosemary can be planted in a pot and brought inside for the winter.
To the best of my knowledge there are really no perennial vegetables, unless you count horseradish, and maybe Jerusalem artichoke, but I would be careful of those as they will take over your yard.You can plant onion seed in late summer and have scallions in February or March. That’s kind of fun.
Most vegetables will do OK for you as long as they have good sun but you will need to plant them each year.

Take a tour in a beautiful shaded garden in Zone 4!  Click on the video below.


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