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When is the best time to plant perennials?

Perennials can be planted any time of year. We like to say that if the ground is unfrozen enough for you to get a shovel into it, then you can plant perennials. Most can be planted long before annuals in the spring, when air temperatures are still cool and rainfall is ample. While spring is a great time to plant perennials, we have found that planting in the fall is as good, if not better. By planting them in the fall, plants will have a long time to establish a strong root system before the hot, dry summer months. In fact, the roots are likely to continue to grow as long as the soil temperature is over 50 degrees Farenheit. The cooler fall air temperatures also mean plants will require less water than they would in the summer. Best of all they'll come up earlier and stronger when spring arrives!