Why Perennials: Why Perennials

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Why Perennials

By eclayne
June 21, 2013

How have your views of gardening changed over the years? I had always had an appreciation for gardens and gardening, but my interest was in trees and shrubs, evergreens in particular because of our long drab winters.

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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Jun 22, 2013 7:48 AM CST
Is the ostrich plume fern you mention the same fern as the ostrich fern that grows wild (and profusely) here in Minnesota? At one time I was carefully transplanting excess plants to back in the woods but I soon got tired and just dumped a couple wheelbarrows full. They grew! Just as good as the ones I dug holes for. Ostrich fern are certainly beautiful... give almost a tropical
feel to the areas in my hosta glade where I allow them to grow.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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Jun 22, 2013 9:01 AM CST

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Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) or Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica), native to both MN and MA. Probably yes they're the same fern. So you're saying I baby them to death Rolling on the floor laughing I'll collect some more and spread them around!

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