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Paul Pilon Columnist, Horticultural Consultant

Horticultural consultant and author, Paul is also the owner of Perennial Solutions Consulting (www.perennial-solutions.com). We're glad he's our resident perennail expert and can answer questions on all things perennial so we don't have to. He can be reached by phone at (616)366-8588 or email at paul@perennial-solutions.com.

Recent Articles

Paul Talks Perennials
Don’t FALL Behind
Paul Pilon
Although it may not be the busiest season for sales, there are several considerations to properly prepare perennials for winter and give yourself the best start possible next spring.
Front Lines
AAS Perennial Trials
Paul Pilon
In 2016, All-America Selections (AAS), in partnership with the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), began a three-year trialing process for herbaceous perennials across numerous trial locations throughout North America.
Features
The Cali Tally, Part 2
Jennifer Zurko, Paul Pilon, Ellen C. Wells & Chris Beytes
We mentioned in last month’s coverage of the annuals and edibles we saw at the California Spring Trials that it was a quiet year for introductions, but there was still enough to talk about with regard to exciting and interesting new perennials, shrubs and potted plants.
Features
Perennials: The Bareroot Advantage
Paul Pilon
Believe it or not, bareroot was once the most common source of perennial starting materials. Sure, the invention of plugs and liners has revolutionized how growers start their perennial crops, but let’s not overlook those cases where bareroot still provides an edge over other types of starting materials.
Paul Talks Perennials
When Yellows Aren’t Attractive
Paul Pilon
In many cases, deformed flowers are caused by aster yellows and for most individuals, they’re anything but attractive.
Paul Talks Perennials
Act Quickly … Your Crops Are Depending on It
Paul Pilon
Failure to act can often lead to a reduction in plant quality or even worse—crop losses.
Paul Talks Perennials
Something Bugging You? Then Get Bugs!
Paul Pilon
Many growers are effectively managing their pests using beneficial insects.
Paul Talks Perennials
Water Wise
Paul Pilon
One thing I've observed over the years is that most growers take water for granted and don't have any concerns until they experience a shortage for themselves.
Paul Talks Perennials
Mid-Winter Checklist
Paul Pilon
Wintertime is a great time for reflection and to review the past, look at the present and to plan for the future.
Paul Talks Perennials
Fall for Perennials
Paul Pilon
Why should fall sales be reserved for garden mums and a few other short-lived annuals?
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