Perennials

Hosta-Frosted-Mouse-EarsEvery year we try to expand our perennial listing with many new items.  Below is a pdf document listing the perennials we are offering throughout 2014, along with information about them all.  Note: this list may adjust, as we get changes from our suppliers, plants don’t survive over-wintering or we sell out during the year.

2015 Perennials

Keep in mind that the best time to plant perennials is either early in the Spring/Summer, so plants get established before temperatures get too hot.  The next best time is late Summer/early Fall when the temperatures cool down again, but at least 6 weeks prior to frost, so that the plants get established and survive the winter.  We usually recommend to plant no later than early September.

Most people think of perennials as less work since you plant once and it keeps coming back year after year.  For the most part this is true, but the trade off is that most perennials have a specific “season” for blooming.  We recommend a mixture of perennials & annuals, so that you get some variety of unique flowers Spring to Fall, but increase the amount of color.

There are a few perennials that many of us remember our parents and grandparents sharing and passing to the next generation decades later- hostas, ferns, peonies, etc. that never died or required extra care.  Unfortunately you’ll find that a lot of perennials have a number of years that they do well until they either get too crowded or just plain weak from growing in the same spot year after year.  For those, you can divide and move them around to new spots with new compost to give them a fresh start.  Click here for recommendations on how to move/propagate your existing perennials.

Guarantee – For Perennials purchased after March 2011, we guarantee satisfaction during the current growing season AND the 2nd year (for zone 4 perennials), except for natural disasters, such as hail or frost.

Pork & Plants will replace at no charge all perennials which fail during the 1st or 2nd year.  Replacements will be made after June 1 each year, so they have time to recover from the winter.  The plant, tag and receipt are required for replacement.

Note: Zone 5 perennials are only covered for the first growing season, as they are considered “tender” perennials and require special protection and/or location to survive our winters.

If you’d like to know about creating a garden to attract butterflies or other themes, check out the Projects area or just ask us when you visit.

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