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Choosing Tough Perennials for Your Garden
Choosing Tough Perennials for Your Garden

From a gardener’s perspective, one important advantage of a perennial plant is that it typically lives for 2 years or more, even though it may die back during the winter months. Some perennials naturally live longer than others and may live many years. If your goal is to include plants in your garden that will be long-lived, hard to kill and thrive in many conditions, then you want a “tough” perennial. Hundreds of plants have been listed as tough by different garden experts across the country with some standards being stricter than others. And plants may be included that are fine for some areas but show unwanted characteristics such as disease or invasiveness in another. So what attributes should define a perennial as tough?
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