Thank you all for your nice comments! I hope you do try it. Good luck!
Despite the recent heat, my daisies are fine. I think having enough moisture in the soil , and being in some shade, is what's really getting them through the heat.
It is best in fall or spring though, I just didn't want to wait!
I am forwarding this clear and well-explained description to my husband, who thinks you have to go to Home Depot for more plants! Thank you, Sally.
edited to add - many of those plants listed will divide and spread whether or not you want them to! I hope you'll explain how to divide other types of perennials, that aren't on the list, another time.
Thanks for your well-written article. I'm kinda new so, have been wondering how all you DGers get things to take to RUs and trade, etc. Thanks for the tip about the baby and that you put it in the middle. Who knew! I've always divided in the spring and am always overwhelmed, so this year I'll do some in the fall. :)
Thank you carrie and Jan!
carrie- hmm good thought- maybe I should have a More plants for Less money 2 B for other plants. I tried to keep the list sort of consistent so that if someone tried one of the listed plants it would work pretty much like the daisies, as far as I knew. I guess daylilies would look pretty different and might benefit from their own pictures and explanation. Or tall sedums, where you have to cut them apart.
Hey Jan- yes give it a try this fall! we've had pretty good rain here in midatlantic/northeast. I bet you have some thigs growing well this year.
Actually sallyg, here in my town, the storms all circle us. We hear them all around, but they say ' nope-not going to Pennsville, that's where Jan lives and she is trying to garden, so we're going to make it difficult for her' I hear them say that to each other. :))) Before the last couple of days we had only had about 1 1/2 in since early June. Like I said, the storms come up to Wilmington and either stay on the west side of the river or go south of us. But yesterday DH measured 3 3/4 in of rain. The containers on my deck look great, (I put a lot there for my mom to enjoy when she can get outside) The other two gardens have kinda been on their own and some of the plants don't look so great.
The only thing I would change is "Dig the holes first, THEN dig up and divide the perennial." The less time the roots are exposed to air, the better. Also, I always water in any newly planted divisions, to ensure good root-to-soil contact. I do this even if the soil is already wet, because water poured on the soil surface helps to drive out air pockets in the root zone.
jr- You are right- keep those roots moist. Too often I have laid my dug plants on the grass and they stay there longer than I planned. Like dehydrating and starving a patient before surgery. Better to go right into your ready hole. or into water, or at least cover with moist dirt.