• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown, day 21: divide or move summer flowering perennials

Now is a good time to divide summer flowering perennials that have got too large or are over crowded.

It is not too late to divide perennials such as Anemones. If you can't just tease them apart, split them with a spade and redistribute where they have space to grow to full size and not compete with their neighbours.

The Anemone 'Honorine Joburt' on the right of the first picture was in fact about 6 plantlets all clumped up together. It is also too close to the aquilegia and primula which have both self seeded. I will infill with more primula or annuals later on in the season.

Don't move plants which are about to flower, they'll get too upset. Be sure to water the hole before you plant them and give them a good dousing afterwards.

Autumn is also a good time to divide perennials, after flowering is over.

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