February 22, 2006
Cushioned mailers, an assortment of boxes, and business reply return labels are available to county extension offices for shipping plant samples to the Plant Disease Clinic. The business reply return label allows samples to be mailed free of charge.
When selecting perennials for the home landscape, it's important to consider their size, bloom period, hardiness, and cultural requirements. Another consideration is their longevity. Some perennials are extremely long-lived. For example, it's not uncommon to see 50- to 60-year-old peonies in older neighborhoods in Iowa. In contrast, some perennials tend to be short-lived. These short-lived perennials persist for several years and then decline and fade away.