Yes, you may have detected a note of hedging. Perhaps you've even heard the old gardener's joke: "A perennial is a plant that had it lived, would've bloomed year after year." After you go to the effort of acquainting yourself with handsome perennials and bringing them home, you sure don't want them to totally miss the boat and turn out to be expensive annuals!
Don't worry. Get your perennials off on the right foot and give them the care they need to thrive (it's perfectly easy), and you won't be disappointed; you'll be thrilled. This chapter can arm you with the basics so you can be a successful and happy perennial gardener!
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