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I have two 3-year-old rose of Sharon plants, about 20 feet apart. One blooms every year. The other plant forms about 100 buds and looks healthy, but it has not bloomed in the last two years. The buds are solidly closed and look as if they are rotting from the inside out. There does not seem to be any sign of insects on the plant. What is this problem?

I dislike staking perennials. Is there anything I can do to avoid it?

What are your three favorite “all-but-forgotten” perennials that every garden should include? Why do you like them?

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