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Hi Tab,

Yeah, I've seen a lot of big clumps that harbor a lot of slugs and bugs, because the accumulation of leaves offers a great protected spot for critters to hide. I usually cut back the foliage every year after the blooming season, and this lets a lot of air and light in, which makes the place much less attractive to bugs. I also think that plants that have not been dug up and refreshed become weakened and more susceptible to bugs like aphids. These are perennials that would like to be refreshed every three years or so.
Rick, Rapallo, YT
Posted: 2/29/2012 3:14:43 AM
We have a bunch of these in full sun in a Seattle yard and they are absolutely overrun with aphids and slugs. It's like a magnet for every pest in the garden, and they look like hell because of it. Any tips on what has gone horribly wrong with my clump and how to correct it?
Tab, Seattle, WA
Posted: 2/21/2012 4:44:01 PM
Red Hot Poker helped me to win a bet, great plant that needs little care.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 2/17/2012 10:57:00 AM
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