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2013 garden review: Perennials

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It’s time to evaluate the past year’s garden and get ready to order things for 2014 – the Buffalo Gardening Examiner thoroughly enjoys this time of year! This week – perennials.

New perennials – I took part in Mischler’s perennial sale in the spring – all perennials were $.49 each in packs of four. I got some tried-and-true favorites – delphinium, coneflower, coral bells and catmint – and ventured into some new territory – foxglove and bergenia. These new plants were planted in some areas I was redoing – one side of my house and the area around my patio.

As the plants were perennials, I am giving them a year or two before I completely evaluate them, but I was lucky enough to get some blooms on them this year.

Last year’s new garden – in late summer of 2012, I purchased two hibiscus and a coneflower at the Williamsville Farmer’s Market and created a new garden on the other side of my house. This must have been the perfect place for these three plants, because they did beautifully in the late summer and fall and continued to do beautifully this year.

Not knowing just how large the plants would get in what was not even their full second year, I also planted some of the coneflowers I purchased at Mischler’s in this garden – these will need to be moved in 2014!

Fall planting – I purchased two new hibiscus from Breck’s in the fall, planting them in another garden (currently home to my butterfly bushes and lilacs) that has similar lighting to the other hibiscus garden – now I wait and see.

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