Flower Gardening Tips – Time Saver for Moving Plants

I’m always working little by little on improving combinations of plantings trying to make next year’s display better than this year’s.

Since outside time is always limited and first priority of time goes to the food we grow, every short cut possible to save minutes is taken.

As I go about my daily have-to-do tasks and see changes that might be made, I’ll make them right then and there if possible. I wrote about this time saver in a recent post.

If I can’t make the change immediately, I’ll make a note and plan to fit what has to be done into my daily task list.  I may have to break the job down into several parts and do it over a period of time. That may be days or weeks.


If I want to take up a plant to divide and transplant to various other places, I’ll schedule digging the plant when I’m going to be in that area for a have-to-do task. Depending on how much time I have, I may leave the plant after I dig it and schedule it’s division (breaking apart the roots) for another time. If the weather is extremely hot (90s and above) when the plant is dug,  it might get tucked under some straw to keep it from drying out too much.

When I get back to divide it, I’ll cut the foliage off and put the root divisions into a basket that I’ll have with me just for that purpose. When I get back to the garden I tuck the basket (or sometimes just the roots) under some straw between plants in the garden border for easy access. They’ll await planting there.

When I next plan to be in an area or areas where I want the new division(s) I’ll carry them with me to plant.

Plants That Do Well For Me When Using the Approach 

With plants that are extremely durable (most of mine are) like daylilies, rudbeckia (giant and regular), shasta  daisy, phlox, helianthus, and coreopsis, I’ll just plant them in their new place and forget them until next year.


For continuity, late bloom, and beauty I’m in the process of planting this combination in several other spots throughout my borders.



This is a close up of this spectacular red lily.  I’ve had it almost 35 years! Here it is August 8th and it still has blooms for a few more days.

In spring I can easily use this method to move bathes pink, sedum starts, primrose, iberis, and onothera. If the weather gets too hot too soon, I can lose some of these spring bloomers.  But I have a great success rate most years.

And no, I don’t water them even in drought conditions. My limited reserve of rain water (two barrels) is used for food plants if necessary, but not flowers. In almost all cases, my perennials do just fine.

Daylilies especially need no babying. They’re real survivors. Even if my soil is dry as bone, they’ll be fine. Our fall rains will come and bring them back to life again.


This tall lily that is just starting to bloom now (August 8th) looks great with the ornamental grasses.  I’ll be dividing some that are located elsewhere and making sure they put on a show in years to come throughout the borders.

If you’re new to flower gardening and/or if you only have a few purchased plants in a small area, you may not be ready to be as easygoing with your plants as I am.

Once you see how quickly certain plants multiply, how easily they can be propagated, and how strong plants really are, then you’ll be ready to save yourself lots of time by following my example.


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2 comments to Flower Gardening Tips – Time Saver for Moving Plants

  • Toni

    I just LOVE that red lily. It is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your time saving tips. I for one really appreciate them as I am already overwhelmed with things to do both indoors and out.

  • Theresa

    Thanks Toni. I appreciate your comments.
    This is not the kind of advice you usually see on the net. Just not “politically correct” (for lack of a better term) for most folks — BUT it WORKS! And saves lot of time.

    Glad you like this great lily. I’ll be offering it for sale soon. It’s a beautiful one and one of my favorites.
    Thanks again, Toni!

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