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Could anyone advise a relative beginner on mulching perennials for winter. Should the crowns of tender plants be covered or just the bases, and if so must the mulch be removed for spring? Thanks for any advice.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 68,975

    If you're mulching in order to protect tender plants from harsh weather, rather than dig them up and store them elsewhere, then yes, the crowns need to be well covered with a dry mulch to protect them from the frost. It's usual to cut them back first.

    Depending on what sort of mulch you use, most of it will have started to rot down by the spring, so when all chances of frost have gone you can clear the mulch away from the crowns of the plants and incorporate it with the rest of the garden soil.

    There's some good advice here http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=337

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    When you say tender plants- which ones?

  • lilly3lilly3 Posts: 52
    Thanks for the advice and link Dovefromabove. Well Sotongeoff, I've a good selection but I'm mainly concerned about campanula persicifolia, alstroemerias, peony, oriental poppy, scabious and primula vialii.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 68,975

    As far as I'm aware all of those are hardy in the UK and do not need mulching for protection.  In fact it might do them harm as it might attract slugs!  They'll be fine - they'll die down in the winter and in the spring they'l reappear.  The paeony takes it's time and will be a little later appearing than most other herbaceous perennials, but appear it will. image

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  • lilly3lilly3 Posts: 52
    Thanks again for advice. Fingers crossed for a "kind" winter !
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