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Over-wintering small plants

I have received two deliveries from Secret Garden - pleased with both  They are lovely little 'baby' perennials but I do not want to plant them yet.  I am in Cornwall so although not  particularly cold in the winter it can be very wet and I cannot decide whether they should stay outside or be brought into an unheated greenhouse.  What would other gardeners do?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,195
    edited October 2021
    I'd keep them undercover, or at least sheltered.
    They'd certainly need to be in a greenhouse or cold frame here, or possibly in the house,  but our climate is quite different from Cornwall  :)

    I'll qualify that slightly by also saying - it depends what they are  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Thank you - I am leaning towards the greenhouse but it has been really humid here recently so I might wait until it gets a bit colder.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,195
    You might find they'd be fine under a table or similar, but it does depend on what they are.  :)
    I often put small plants in among shrubs etc. It gives them protection from severe weather, but they also get enough moisture and light if needed. I don't grow things that need a lot of protection though - they wouldn't survive here in most winters.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,212
    I would go for the greenhouse, too. It's not just the temperature, as you say, constant wet can make them rot but you can monitor the watering if they are inside.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726
    What are the plants?
  • They are a mixed selection of perennials - phlox, scabious, achillea, rudbeckia  and monarda.  They are all growing well but I don't think they will like getting too wet so I think they will stay in the greenhouse over winter.
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