Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Lombard, Il
Question by sswitt
May 1, 2009
I purchased a perennial last year at home depot. It is not coming up yet this year and in talking to my mother-in-law some perennials are annuals in certain zones. I have already purchased different ones this year and planted them. Why would the home depot in my area/zone sell perennials that will not come back. They should be selling them as annuals then. How can I tell when shopping??

Answer from NGA
May 1, 2009


Some perennials are hardier than others and if tender should planted in protected sites so they will return year after year. Most plants are labeled with a gardening zone. Your best bet is to choose plants which are hardier to a lower zone than your zone 5. Check the labels and they will note how hardy the plants are. Sorry you've been having difficulty with your perennials!

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