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Question: I have a question about Lavender Cotton (Santolina). I have it growing in my garden now. When I purchased the plants, I was told that in my area (Central, NJ) these plants are annuals and not perennial. Can I dig up the plants in the fall and bring them into the house over the winter and the replant the outside next spring? If not, Can I leave them in the garden and cover the plants with burlap to keep the alive over the winter?

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Answer: Santolina is considered a perennial in mild-winter gardening regions but will freeze out in your region, even if mulched. You can pot up your plant though, and bring it indoors in the autumn. It will continue to thrive when provided with 5 hours of sunlight per day and you can replant it outdoors in the springtime.

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