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Perennial Plant Trading

Updated on October 26, 2020
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina)
Lambs Ears (Stachys byzantina)

The idea of trading perennial plants grew after talking with a friend about all the plants I needed to dig out and separate due to overcrowding. My Iris's were notorious for over propagating and in danger of not blooming the following year. The Vinca Minor ground cover was going crazy and getting tangled up in all the shrubs along the front side walk.

The first thing we did before we made the big trade was to look at what plants we planned to remove and separate from our individual flower beds. We waited until the plant’s finished blooming which was late summer. Then we set up a time to dig up and separate the plants we wanted from the others flower beds. We had a great time working together discussing the plans we had for the individual plants we were sharing.

I ended up filling the backseat and trunk of my car with beautiful plants and she filled the flat bed of her truck. This would've set us each back at least a hundred dollars or more if we had bought all these plants out right.

PLANTS TRADED

♣ Variegated Iris's (purple & white)

♣ Lamb Ears,

♣ Vinca Minor

♣ Lily of the Valley

♣ Ribbon Grass

♣ Columbine Seeds (purple & pink)

♣ Hen and Chicks

♣ Red Bee Balm

♣ Yellow Day Lilies

♣ Siberian Iris's

♣ Pink Garden Phlox

♣ Queen Victoria

♣ Holly Hocks

♣ Gooseneck Loosestrife


Variegated Iris
Variegated Iris
Variegated Iris's in Bloom
Variegated Iris's in Bloom

Dirt Under My Finger Nails

Trading perennial plants is a great way to add something new to your landscaping at no cost but a little dirt under your finger nails. Through the process I was able to separate plants and give them to a friend who wanted them in her yard. We both wanted to fill in holes in our flower beds and add some new colors and textures and did that in just a few days.

There seems to be an ebb and flow in gardening. Some plants survive and multiply while others simply become mulch for the ones that are making it from one season to the next. I live where the seasons change so when spring comes around after a long cold winter its magical to see the first blooms breaking through the snow.


Cherry Blossom Tree in Front Yard
Cherry Blossom Tree in Front Yard
Vinca Minor (Vinca)
Vinca Minor (Vinca)

Gardening Journal Pages

When my family moved into a new home back in 1999 I started a gardening journal. I wanted to remember where I planted things and easily locate them in the spring. At my old house I would accidentally pull out plants thinking they were weeds in an attempt to clean out the flower beds.

I use the journal as a guide to plan the placement of flowers and plants according to color, size, texture and when they were expected to bloom. If I see a new plant or flower in a magazine I simply cut it out and paste it in the journal too.

New plants often come with information tabs that I tape into my journal. It lets me know whether to plant what I've chosen in full sun, part sun or shade. The tabs also indicate the plants growing zone that it will grow the best. The eleven zones are based on the coldest temperature in the area for the plant to survive.  I look for zone 5 plants as they're supposed to do well in my area, and so far that's been the case.


Siberian Iris
Siberian Iris
Flower Bed on Side of Garage
Flower Bed on Side of Garage
Pink Columbine
Pink Columbine
Pink Columbine (side view)
Pink Columbine (side view)
Purple Columbine (side view)
Purple Columbine (side view)

Friendly Flowers

Try your hand at gardening if you want to add some color to your surroundings or spend more time outdoors. If I can get things to grow you can too. I consider myself a novice at all this, and don't claim to have a green thumb by any means. I love watching things grow and thrive and consider it a miracle when anything I plant actually grows and blooms.

Perennials are a good way to start because they are usually pretty hearty and come back year after year. They have a wide variety of flowers and plants to choose from too. Have fun getting your hands dirty and watch your flowers bloom.

Purple Columbine (top view)
Purple Columbine (top view)
Yellow Day Lily (Happy Returns)
Yellow Day Lily (Happy Returns)
Hen and Chicks (Echeveria and Sempervivum)
Hen and Chicks (Echeveria and Sempervivum)
Ribbon Grass
Ribbon Grass
Gooseneck Loosestrife (L. clethroides)
Gooseneck Loosestrife (L. clethroides)
Pink Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Pink Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly & Pink Garden Phlox
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly & Pink Garden Phlox

Butterfly Beauty

This lovely Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly was flying back and forth on the pink garden phlox in front of my house recently. I was so excited to see it getting nectar from the flowers I'd planted at the beginning of summer. The flowers were part of the plant trade my good friend and I'd done. Not only do I get to enjoy pretty pink flowers but the added bonus of seeing amazing colorful butterflies too.

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (female)
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (female)

© 2011 Laura Ross

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    • Green Art profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Ross 

      9 years ago

      So glad you liked this hub. It's neat that you do sketches of your plants too.

      How exciting that you, your Mom and sister have iris's that your Great-Grandmother used to nurture and grow. I love my garden even more seeing flowers and plants that I grew up with. It's special knowing other family members in my past enjoyed these same blooms.

      I look forward to checking out your hub!

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      9 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Love your hub! I too make sketches and drawings of what I plant or what I plan to plant. See my Hub "Landscaping in my tiny garden". Thanks for lots of great information. My sister and I and our Mom frequently trade plants but maybe we should start something with neighbors and friends! I have some irises that were my Great-Grandmothers, passed on to my Grandmother, my Mom, and now my sister and I have some in our gardens.

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      Laura Ross 

      10 years ago

      Recession_Proof I've never traded lily stargazers, and agree with you they are beautiful. I would love to have an area full of them. Do they need to be separated very often?

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      green art 

      10 years ago

      Thanks so much for your kind words. I stressed over whether to put in my journal pages or not, but now I'm happy I did. Glad you liked the hub, I look forward to reading yours too.

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      green art 

      10 years ago

      Hi RTalloni, glad stopped by to see what's in bloom. I had fun taking the photos for this hub and happy you enjoyed them.

      It's fine if you want to link this hub to your Amarylis hub I'll have to check it out.

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      blackjava 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Excellent hub. Love the drawings.

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      RTalloni 

      10 years ago

      Nice! My friends and I often exchange plants. Maybe we should get organized! Love your columbine photos--can't wait to see mine bloom this year.

      Would like to link this hub to mine on amaryllis, if you have no objection. Thanks!

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