In your plant shopping of the recent past, have you bought a perennial labeled Jeeper Creepers, Happily Ever Appster daylilies, or Trophytaker daylilies? Then you’ve bought a plant that originally came from Heritage Perennials. So what? you say. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but there are very few plant wholesalers that have such a full-featured website for the general public. I first decided to check them out because of a comment here posted by Sandy. It took me a while to realize they don’t sell to the general public, because they provide a list of gardening blogs, a newsletter, a searchable perennial encyclopedia, a question-and-answer column, and a links-and-resources section that brought a new cold-climate site to my attention. (How did Northern Garden stay out of my radar all this time?) There’s more, too, but it’s easier for you to just go see for yourself, and remember–they sell to the middleman, not to you. That’s quite a service to the gardening community considering it will only benefit them indirectly, when you buy their plants from a nursery. Especially at this time of year when our garden plants are still dormant and the weather keeps us indoors, Heritage Perennials and Northern Garden both deserve a closer look.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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