The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Garden

Question: Help! I will be moving this summer and have a huge perennial garden. I have spent a lot of time and love in this garden and have many plants given to me and can not be replaced. Can I divide and/or transplant perennials during July? I have many different kinds of flowers. Different types of lilies, beebalm, peonys, hostas, clematias, hens and chicks, different kinds of daisys, goose necks, bleeding hearts, iris, goats beards, astilbies etc... I can go on and on and I feel sick having to leave all of them behind!

Answer: Rather than risk the health of your plants by digging them in mid-summer, why not begin potting them up now? You can safely pot them up into gallon (or larger) containers and then just sink the container back into the hole you dug, so they'll remain in place in the garden. When it's time to move, unearth the containers, fill the holes with soil, and take your beloved plants with you.

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