Di­vid­ing peren­ni­als

RTÉ Guide - - Interiors - Gil­lian O’ Neill, Co Wick­low

This is a great way to main­tain the vigour of peren­nial plants and to in­crease them. At this time of the year, many peren­nial plants such as asters, columbines, day lilies, phlox (pic­tured below) and many oth­ers will be los­ing their fo­liage and can now be care­fully lifted and di­vided. First, start by lift­ing clumps – many will have fi­brous roots and will need to be re­planted straight away. You can pot some into pots of com­post and plant the oth­ers in the border with some fresh com­post.

In the past few years, I have dou­bled and tre­bled the num­ber of plants in my gar­den. I la­bel ev­ery­thing to keep track of what’s what.

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