Tips on Dividing Perennial Plants
Do you use your fingers, a saw, or something in between to divide perennials? And when is the best time to divide that favorite plant -- spring or fall? Also important, should that particular plant be divided at all or would it prefer to be left alone? 10 Tips on Dividing Perennial Plants can help you research and plan your propagation efforts in the perennial garden this season.
Favorite or New Plant
'Lady in Black' Calico Aster
When spring plants burst into bloom, it's easy to forget about planting for later in the season. Keep your garden lovely into the fall by planting this calico aster (Aster lateriflorus) , an airy, lavender-blue garden delight come autumn. The cultivar 'Lady in Black' is an attractive companion plant to the ninebark cultivar sold as Coppertina (Physocarpus opulifolius 'Mindia') and the fall foliage of lacecap hydrangeas. It self seeds generously, attracts butterflies and bees, and can be pruned to stagger its bloom time.