The Q&A Archives: When Should Perennials Show Growth In Spring?

Question: Some of my perennials have not begun to show any new growth yet this year - heliopsis-bressingham doubloon, heliopsis-loraine sunshine, astilbe-cattlyea, eupatoruim-chocolate and anemone-honorine joubert. All my other perennials are sending up green. Should I consider the above-referenced plants casualties of winter or do they just sleep longer than the rest of my garden?

Answer: Perennials will awaken at differing times depending on what they are and on their microclimate, so I would not worry yet. Eupatorium in particular normally comes up very late in my garden -- long after I would have given up hope!

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