Posted: 15/04/2017 at 10:03
I consistently lose newly planted herbaceous perennials in my garden. I plant them one year - they do great, leave them for the winter and by spring, dead and/or rotting in the ground. Some however do make it every year and when they do, it usually means they will be in for the long term. Monarda's are one's that consistently fail to come back. I've tried them in several different areas of the garden but although they do well in the season they are planted, they never come back. Given up on the them now. The soil in my garden is fairly light loam but about 18 inches down, there is a hard compacted layer, so in winter, the ground can be quite wet as there is nowhere for the water to run to. I also suffer with moss not only growing in the lawn but also on the borders. When I moved into my house, I had the garden re-landscaped. There was a small tree located at the bottom of the garden that looked like it was really struggling, so decided to take it out - it was only around 15 foot tall. I literally only had to pull the tree out of the ground with my bare (bear??) hands as there was no root ball as it had obviously rotted away. Amazed it survived at all and that it was still standing - just!