Perry's Perennial Pages, Arcade Quizzes

Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension 

How well do you know perennials?


1. A perennial is a replacement for an annual.
True
False
 

2. Perennials bloom for most of the season.
True
False
 

3. Perennials such as astilbe and hosta must have shade to grow well.
True
False
 

4. Perennials require no maintenance.
True
False
 

5. Perennials seldom need dividing.
True
False
 

6. Woven fabric mulch mats are good to use around perennials.
True
False
 

7. The 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year is named after the "Cornhusker" state where it was developed.
True
False
 

8. 'David' is a  garden phlox cultivar relatively resistant to powdery mildew disease.
True
False
 

9. Hostas, iris and daylilies among other large perennial groups have their own associations.
True
False
 

10. There are hundreds of perennials to choose from.
True
False
 


Answers

1. false--there are many differences such as care, spacing, and time of bloom.

2. false--about 3 weeks is the average.  This is one of the challenges in designing with them-- to ensure something is in bloom most of the time.  Another option is to intersperse them with annuals which will provide consistent bloom.

3. it depends:  true--if you live in a warm, sunny or dry region, false--if you live in the cooler north, especially a cloudy area, they do fine in sun provided they get enough water

4. false--They need weeding, staking and dividing among other cares. The only plants requiring no maintenance are dead plants!

5. false--Most need dividing at least every 2-3 years, yearly for vigorous ones like some yarrow and loosestrife. Only slow growing, long lived ones such as peonies seldom need dividing.

6. false--organic materials such as bark chips or cocoa shells are better.  Perennials need room to spread which the mats prevent.  Such woven textile mats do work well around trees and non-spreading shrubs, covered with a thin layer of mulch.

7. true--Penstemon 'Husker's Red' from the Cornhusker state of Nebraska.  Check out other perennials on the Plant Files page from my homepage.

8. true--It is also one of the tallest, and most vigorous, and has white flowers.

9. true--check out their sites on my "links" page, as well as other societies.  This is another advantage of perennials-- the ability to specialize.

10. true--yes, this is what I like, an almost limitless choice; no boredom here!
 


How did you do?

8-10 right.....Head gardener

5-7 right......Apprentice

under 5........Weeder (don't worry, the best gardeners weed!)
 

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