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too cold to plant Perenials?

Hi again.

I picked up some great bargains at our local garden centre last weekend. Some real treats including a variety of Anemones, Cosmos, Asters, Salvia-Mystic Spires. even hardy fushias, Japanese daisies, French Lavender, and lots of varieties of Dahlias.  Can I plant them into the ground now? we don't have a green house, so difficult to know where to keep them from being killed off by frost. we do have a south facing garden though. Please help!



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Dahlias,Cosmos -definitely,definitely not-completely the wrong end of the gardening year

    Hardy Fuchsias-no plant in Spring

    French lavender-not completely hardy in UK

    Asters-depending on what sort-but probably ok

    Anenomes-probably ok-same for Salvia

    Don't know about Japaneses daisies

    Sorry- but without a greenhouse or somewhere to over-winter plants you may have a problemimage

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    You could try saving the Dahlia tubers for next year. I bought two a few weeks ago from the nearly dead section at a local GC and they are currently flowering for Britian, seems a shame to cut them down but it's unlikely they'll survive winter if left in pots.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Am guessing you mean Japanese Anemone, as they look like daisy. Thye are hardy.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I would definitely be saving the dahlia tubers for next year. What type of cosmos is it? The chocolate ones can be saved.

    Last winter I bubble wrapped some of my pots that had some of the more dubious perennials and then placed them next to the house and they came through winter ok.

    Can you take cutting of the hardy fuchsias, just pop them in a jar or water.

  • Would mulching help to keep them warm if Rose Lady plants them now?

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    No-it is too late to plant some things-hardy perennials yes-but not all these are hardy-and the fuschia needs to be in the ground starting in the Spring to survive the winter.

  • Rose ladyRose lady Posts: 107

    Thank you for all your helpful advice. Bubble wrap what a great idea!!! thanks Kate. Yes blairs they are Japanese Anemone, so pleased to hear they are hardy.

    I think its becoming quite apparent that maybe its time to invest in a cold frame in the not so distant future. Christmas prezzie from my other half me thinks. Will definately dry off the Dahlias till spring.As far as the Cosmos is concerned it doesn't say on the pot, because I picked these plants from the nearly dead section at B&Q. However the flowers are a deep pink/purple. Still my climbing roses will be here soon, so plan on having lots of fun planting them in image thank again

  • Great thing about forums is the anonymity.... don't mind looking like a muppet....but.... how come it's ok to plant bare rooted plants over winter but too cold for potted? Is it just the particular plants - they are hardier hence plantable hence tend to be sold bare rooted? - or is it something about being bare rooted that makes them survive?
  • Yeys! Verdun's back! Thanks for the info. I've ordered the 21 free perennials in last months magazine which are bare rooted. Sounds like I should consider potting them up, rather than planting out. I've a cold greenhouse I could store them in although it could do with being in a lighter spot (previous owners put it in a weird place).
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