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Dividing Perennials in Fall

LSweeney_moderator | Posted in Mid-Atlantic Gardening on

What perennials do you have your eye on to divide this year? Last fall I divided some zizea aurea very successfully and this year I’d like to spread around some phlox divaricata. Is there anything in your garden that’s ready for division?


  1. Jamieo38066 | | #1

    I have several hostas that I’ve had in pots for almost two years. I potted them up when we moved and were building a new house. It’s finally finished and time to get them back into the ground. They are all in need of dividing (and I’ve got several spots to fill up in the garden)

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #2

    It's great that you could hold on to them and bring them to your new house!

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    cleangreen | | #3

    Looking to divide sedum, bee balm, hostas and irises. The sedum grew way too big for its partial sun location so plan to share with friends (we have another stand in a sunny spot). Native bee balm seems to do much better when I divide every year. We have the a very short cultivar with beautiful flowers that’s been in the ground a few years now. I want to divide it for more coverage in that bed. Hostas (green, large paddle leaf) are an easy filler in our clay soil, we have way too many and they are huge! Same for irises.

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    LSweeney_moderator | | #4

    It sounds like you have a great plan! I always look forward to dividing perennials in the fall because its a great opportunity to rearrange and fill in bare spots. As you said, it's also great to share with friends.

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