I am trying a new thing this year in my yard. I keep reading garden blogs like this and this, and I've realized that buying two, or three or six new plants a year is not going to fill up my vast gardening space. I need to learn to propagate! Last summer I took all the coneflower, black eyed Susan and daisy seedheads and sprinkled them around my front sidewalk garden. We shall see this summer if that helped. I'm guessing it did.
A chrysanthemum lived through the winter, actually two did. I believe they are feverfew, an herb/weed/lovely plant in the chrysanthemum family with small yellow daisy-like blooms. It seeds itself, but I didn't know I could propagate it any other way. But, apparently I can. I took a look at the larger of the two plants today and saw that it was really six clusters of leaves with hardwood stalks between them. I've taken a risk of losing the whole thing, but I just dug it up and divided it on the chopping block. I sprinkled rooting hormone on each piece and stuck them in pots. If I'd had any potting soil I would have used it, but I didn't, so I took scoops from the finished compost pile and put the starts in it (along with a few earthworms who may or may not be happy with their new homes).
If propagating plants works, I'll fill my yard with tried and true plants. I need to take advantage of my spring gardening fever while I can!