Perennials forum: Two Perennials I could not live without!

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Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Feb 9, 2018 1:11 PM CST
Okay, I fibbed! They are self-seeding Annuals. I am well aware of the difference between Annuals and Perennials, however, each year if I see more of a plant species than the year before, without any reseeding on my part, to me, they are essentially: "Perennials"!
Having clarified this, here are my two suggestions:

#1: Digitalis/Foxglove

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Simply a gorgeous elegant plant! I am a nut case when it comes to single color beds, e.g. yellow, red and pink rose beds, etc. But with this plant, the more the merrier, in any place in my gardens! Full sun or dappled shade -they don't care! In the Fall, wear gloves and pick the seed pods, and store them inside, then sprinkle outside in early Spring, where you want them. Note: At the base of existing plants, in the Fall and Spring you will find "baby" plants close to the mother. You can easily dig these up, and replant same wherever you want. You can easily overwinter the "babies" in your basement under lights.

#2: Hesperes/Dame Rocket

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I noticed this plant in a road ditch quite a few years ago. I pulled them out and transplanted same. Think "Phlox", same shaped flower, taller, and extremely fragrant with a total lilac perfume. All the pastel colors ranging from pink, white, mauve and purple. Some regard them as invasive, but they are extremely easy to pull out, so easily controlled, and self-seeding. Make great cut flowers when cut early.

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 13, 2018 5:25 AM CST
I love both of these biennial plants too, and consider them "perennials". I have to encourage foxglove to reseed in my current garden, but in past gardens they've done so happily on their own. I grow Dame's Rocket in a part of the garden that is full of tree roots where many other plants fail. DR is unfazed and grows happily.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Feb 13, 2018 7:38 AM CST
Frank foxgloves reseed well here. My two favorites are Hemerocallis " daylilies and Oriental poppies.
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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Feb 13, 2018 7:41 AM CST

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Where I live Hesperis matronalis is considered an introduced invasive and is illegal to plant or transplant anywhere in the state.

I do enjoy Foxgloves though. Sometimes they reseed for me, other times they do not. I just put out more seeds if they get too thin or disappear on me for a season. That usually gets me 3 to 4 seasons without having to manually reseed.

Also, both of these plants are considered 'biennials', though sometimes they get called 'short lived perennials'. Meh...if an individual plant comes back more than one or two seasons on it's own, I'll just treat it like a perennial anyhow.
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crazypetunias
Feb 14, 2018 10:16 AM CST
My two favorite perennials would have to be mums and peonies. They are big, showy flowers that I can ignore all season and still do well. My reseeding annuals "perennials" are pot marigolds and petunias. Its not summer without them. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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fwmosher
Feb 14, 2018 10:23 AM CST
I am completely at a loss with respect to "Perennial" Mums? Please enlighten me, someone?
Michigan (Zone 5b)
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crazypetunias
Feb 15, 2018 11:40 AM CST
sorry - mums are short for Chrysanthemums they are a fall flowering plant.
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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Feb 15, 2018 11:48 AM CST

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fwmosher said:I am completely at a loss with respect to "Perennial" Mums? Please enlighten me, someone?



Do you mean you don't know what 'Mums' are? Or you have never encountered 'Mums' that you would call perennial? Different answer depending on how you meant it, exactly.

Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Feb 15, 2018 11:50 AM CST

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Oh...just realized that while I commented on what Franks fav perennials are, I never mentioned my own...

Mine would have to be Hemerocallis and Hosta. I can't imagine my gardens not having an abundance of both of these plants.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Feb 15, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Two of many of my favorites

Astilbe
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And Hostas!
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Feb 15, 2018 8:00 PM CST

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For me they would be Echinacea and Heuchera. They both give almost full season color.
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Feb 16, 2018 10:00 AM CST
Robertduval14; I was commenting on the "Hardy Mums" ruse, rampant in Canada. We do not have "perennial" mums up here, which repeat.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Feb 16, 2018 6:13 PM CST

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Many of those hardy Mums are, in fact, perennial. It really depends on when they get planted and where. Some would call them a 'tender perennial' though the patch I once had, which originated from a typical pot of them sold here ever late summer/early fall, could not be killed till I ripped out every little piece of root. Most of the ones planted in Fall don't have enough in ground time to survive the winter...but plant those same things earlier in the year and you may be surprised. Personally, I won't plant them in ground again...they became a bit of a bully in my garden and got into spaces I did not want them in.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
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robertduval14
Feb 16, 2018 6:15 PM CST

Plants Admin

Here is an article about them...
https://www.thespruce.com/fall...
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Feb 24, 2018 4:36 PM CST
Hilarious! yes, mums are definitely perennial--I have quite a few pushy mums--I love them though Smiling
I even get new varieties when I let the seedlings grow. Most of them are nothing too special, and unfortunately, the coolest one so far is a bright yellow spoon mum, that I love, growing in a most awkward spot in my sidewalk Hilarious! I can't figure out how to extract it for relocation, so, it gets to stay there.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 16, 2018 11:31 AM CST
My favorite perennial would be my daylilies. My second favorite is an annual... my petunias that reseed every year.

Vickie
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 16, 2018 2:54 PM CST
I love reseeding annuals that act like perennials!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Mar 17, 2018 6:20 AM CST
Neal, me too Hurray!
Nice Vickie I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2018 7:28 AM CST
The main difference being I never know where they're going to show up, but surprises are a big part of gardening!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Jun 7, 2018 7:21 AM CST
Right now. I'll say purple coneflower and toad lily.
My toad lily have been with me since my son was in the 6th grade, he is now 24.
A friend and I bought it and shared the clump. Hers died and I recently gave her some from mine- they have multiplied through the years.
While the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease. Gen. 8:22

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