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Tough love in the garden
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 2:10 PM

By Kylee Baumle

Every year I make the same vow – no more plant heroics. If a plant isn’t performing well, it’s outta here. With perennials alone, there are too many wonderful things available so there’s really no room or reason for keeping stragglers and prima donnas. One of the nurseries I occasionally order plants from has over 1,000 perennials suitable for our zone (5b/6a) alone – more than enough from which to choose!

Yet there they are – surviving, not thriving – and still green. If they still have green on them, they’ll be fine, right? If the sun shines in just the right way, the rain falls at the perfect time, and I remember to fertilize when they need it, they’ll make a turnaround and eventually live up to the expectations I had when I planted them.