Easy Summer Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

Middle Grove, NY
Question by owen717708
August 28, 1998
We own a summer camp, and are only there on weekends, sometimes just twice a month. What are the hardiest perennials we could grow?


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 1998

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Most perennials will do best with a certain amount of ongoing care, such as mulching and feeding and dead heading. They may also need protection from pests such as deer, rabbits, and wood chucks. They also require attention to soil preparation and watering in order to become established and thrive. Here are some long lived and relatively easy perennials you might consider for spring: daffodils, creeping phlox, Siberian iris. For summer: early, mid, and late season daylilies, threadleaf coreopsis, Black-Eyed Susan, purple coneflower. For late summer into fall: asters, boltonia and sedums such as "Autumn Joy". Hostas, ferns, and blooming groundcovers such as vinca minor and lamium would be worth considering for shadier spots. Good luck with your perennials!

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