March Perennials 2017

Is it March, or April?  The calendar says one thing, but the weather seems to be saying another, so which are we to believe?  Well, we here at Behnke’s love our plants, so bringing in lots of beautiful perennials during an unpredictable month is not as crazy as it seems.

For perennial lovers, waiting for the mid-April, all-clear-to-plant date before buying anything is just not an option.  What to do?  We suggest buying a few of your favorite perennials and potting them up in one of our fabulous, new decorative containers that we’ve just received for 2017.  Keep your newly planted container on your stoop, or by the door, somewhere near, or next to the house where it will get added warmth.  That way, on days where the temperatures may drop below freezing, your new plants won’t feel the chill as harshly as they would if they were way out in the garden somewhere without a jacket.  When the fear of freezing has passed, you can pop them out into the yard without having to worry.  It’s a great option for those of us that just can’t (and why should we?) wait.

We have some gorgeous, blooming perennials that will simply make your day.  There’re over a dozen dianthus varieties all in bud and some blooming, creeping phlox in blue, white, pink and purple, hardy primroses loaded with flowers, the beginnings of bleeding hearts, native columbines, Virginia blue bells, trout lilies, foam flowers, and even a few spring flower bulbs to get the season going.  In addition, we have lots of blooming Hellebores (‘Blushing Bridesmaid,’ ‘Brandywine Hybrids,’ ‘Cinnamon Snow,’ ‘Confetti Cake,’ ‘Cotton Candy,’ ‘Harlequin Gem,’ ‘Jacob,’ ‘Josef Lemper,’ ‘Red Lady,’ ‘Yellow Lady,’ ‘Molly’s White,’ ‘Penny’s Pink,’ ‘Painted Doubles,’ ‘Pink Frost,’ ‘Rome in Red,’ ‘Rose Quartz,’ ‘Shooting Star,’ ‘Spanish Flare,’ ‘Spring Party,’ Wedding Bells,’ ‘White Pearl’, ‘Winterbells,’ and straight species orientalis).

We are getting more in every week.  It’s worth a trip out to see us.

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  1. My trellis supported clematis are sprouting green leaves. Do they need to be covered during the upcoming very cold coupe weeks?

  2. Hello Joan,

    It may be too late to discuss this (an my apologies for the late reply…for some reason the comment didn’t show up in our emails) but yes, covering the new growth is necessary to prevent damage. Worst-case, if damage occurred, they may bloom later than usual (it depends on whether or not it’s a spring-blooming variety). Assuming the plant is in the ground I think that, overall, it will be just fine once the spring weather is here to stay.

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