Perennial Care

  1. Big & Beautiful Perennials

    Have you ever heard the garden saying regarding establishing perennials: “the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap”?  Nature Hills is making it easy to make the leap and create big impact with well-established perennials for your backyard oasis.

    Last year, we geared up our perennial production and started growing beautiful specimen perennials in big #1 container size that are 6-8 inches across and hold about a gallon of soil.  This crop is now ready for your landscape.  These #1 perennials are going to present well in your landscape and will “leap” much sooner for you.

    Growing perennials a year ahead gives these plants time to multiply and grow to a nice size in our pots.  Many other growers pot up small liners and force them out in a greenhouse then ship them in the same season.  These #1 plants w

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  2. Fernleaf Peony

    Fernleaf Peony Flowers

    A fernleaf peony is a flower that must be displayed front and center. The flower is a deep red double bloom that emerges early and lasts long. The foliage of a fernleaf peony is very frilly and looks like a fern. The blooms are large, but unlike taller growing peonies, the fern peony grows only about a foot high and has no problem of falling over under the weight of the bloom. The fernleaf peony is very interesting to look at indeed. With foliage of a light green, the bright red blooms stand out strikingly. The green foliage shoots off of the sturdy stem in a way similar to the needles of a conifer tree. The new spring foliage has a reddish tint to it before turning a l

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  3. Planting Perennials

    Assorted Perennials

    Planting perennials requires extra care than planting annuals does. This is due to the nature of the plants themselves. Most flowering perennials will generally not bloom their first season, due to the necessity of strengthening the root system for the coming winter. When planting, many factors must be taking into consideration to ensure long plant life. The first factor to take into consideration is the location. Some perennials can withstand colder winters than others.

    To check which plants can survive in each region, you can enter your zip code to see your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. Sunlight and soil conditions must also be taken into consideration. Read the Plant Highlight Facts on each product page before deciding which perennials will work

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  4. Transplanting and Planting Peonies

    Almost Blooming Peony Flower

    Peony plants are beginning to show up more in gardens all around the world. This is due to more gardeners receiving the word about how beautiful these plants can be when placed in the proper setting. Peony plants are also somewhat easier to grow than other plants, due to their nature to be able to sustain themselves without much human interference. Peony plants work in a variety of setting in the garden. They make excellent focus points, with their dense green foliage and large bold blooms. The lower growing peony plants, such as the fernleaf peony, also make excellent border plants and accents. The fernleaf peony plant is also very useful to plant in front of other flowers in order to hide foliage that may fall off earlier

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  5. Growing Salvia

    Purple Salvia Plants

    Growing salvia is very easy to do. They require very little care, as long as the proper conditions are given. Salvia plants require full sun in order to grow and flower. Good drainage is needed to help prevent root rot, and salvia will thrive in a variety of soil and water conditions. Growing salvia is one of the most rewarding tasks that any gardener can accomplish.

    Many salvia are delicate plants, and are not hardy in areas that frost at all. However, some salvia are hardy in zones four through eight. The easiest way to propagate salvia in a garden is by division or cuttings, yet salvia are also easy to grow by seed.

    Dividing one larger plant into

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  6. Planting Hostas

    Planting a Hosta

    The process for planting hostas is not much more different than any other plant. The planting hole should be dug at least a foot deep. The width of the hole should be one and a half times the expected mature size of the clump. Check with the nursery or web site where you purchased your hosta for the plants expected mature size. Generally, hosta roots grow and spread horizontally, so a large wide hole is best. When planting hostas that are in a container, carefully remove the plant from the container. Sometimes the roots may be bound to the container. Tapping the container sides should loosen the roots from the pot. If the roots are difficult to loosen, it may be necessary to cut through some of them, make several vertical cuts in the routable. Sha

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  7. Dividing Hostas

    Hosta Flower

    Dividing hostas is easily achieved. Most home gardeners will propagate their hostas by division. Hosta division should be done when no shoots are growing from the center of the mature clump as this bare area detracts from the appearance of the plant. Dividing hostas this way will improve the plants appearance. Lift the entire hosta clump and wash the soil from the roots to make it easier to see where to cut and divide the clump. Use a sharp knife to make the cuts for dividing the hosta. Place the divided plants in their planting holes and keep them well watered for the first two weeks.

    Spring is a good time for dividing hostas because the new shoots are only a few inches high and the leaves have not expanded. Spring division may cause leaf

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  8. Planting & Transplanting Iris Plants

    Purple and Yellow Iris Flower

    Planting iris plants is very easy to do, and can be a rewarding experience. When an iris is purchased, it will be either in bulb or rhizome form. If the iris is in bulb form, planting it is just like planting any other bulb plant. Planting iris bulbs should be done at a depth of about three inches, making sure that the bulb is facing the correct way up. This should take place in the fall, as the plant will then become dormant for the winter and then grow in the coming spring.

    Iris rhizome

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  9. Pruning Hibiscus

    Pruning Hibiscus

    Pruning hibiscus is not normally needed for the hardy hibiscus. Actually, these plants are herbaceous perennials, meaning their tops die down to the ground each winter, but new shoots will come roaring back into lush growth when soils warm the following spring. Because the tops die down each year, pruning is generally limited to controlling plant size when it gets too large for its area.

    Pruning the dead material back in the fall is recommended. Prune the dead material back to about 8 to 12 inches. Then, apply a thick layer of mulch over the plant roots, 8 to 12 inches, to keep plant roots from freezing.

    In the spring, remove the mulch and prune the remaining dead plant material to ground level. The tropical hibiscus can be pruned i

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  10. Growing Hibiscus

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    Growing hibiscus is not an arduous task. The occasional gardener can grow hardy hibiscus with good success by following a few simple suggestions. The first task for growing hibiscus is to select an appropriate site. The plant site should have adequate sunlight. The sunlight should be fully available for at least 6 to 8 hours a day. The second growing condition that needs to be addressed is the soil. Hibiscuses are quite adaptable to soil types. Providing a location with highly organic soil will greatly enhance growth and flower production. To increase organic matter, it may be advisable to mix sphagnum peat moss into the planting soil. After planting, the soil needs to be kept moist constantly for the first year or two. When they are fully establishe

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