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High-Maintenance Perennials

These perennials are fussy or short-lived plants that demand more care than most.  Some die unless growing conditions are perfect, others need staking or frequent division, and still others are highly susceptible to pests.  Grow them only if you have time to pamper them.


Anthemis tinctoria (golden marguerite)
Aster novi-belgii x novae-angliae (Michaelmas daisy, fall aster)
Chrysanthemum x morifolium (garden mum)
Delphinium x elatum (delphinium)
Helenium autumnale (sneezeweed)
Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal flower)
Lupinus hybrids (lupine)
Monarda didyma (bee-balm, oswego tea)
Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)
Primula spp. (primroses)
Rosa hybrids (hybrid tea and floribunda roses)
Stokesia laevis (Stokes' aster)
Tradescantia verginiana (spiderwort)


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