The Q&A Archives: Emergence of perrenials

Question: Hi. I live in Westchester, New York (105830. I planted a perrenial garden last fall, and we had a hard winter. I am anxiously looking for their return. ( I can already see good growth on sedum, hosta, honeysuckle vine). When is the latest timewise something should show up on various perrenials, so I will know what I

Answer: This is a hard question to answer because it depends on what you planted and where you planted it, your overall weather each year plus the microclimate where you garden. Some plants such as sedum typically show growth quite early, others such as perennial hibiscus may not appear until June when the soil really warms up. If you planted things that are considered hardy for your zone, then there is probably no cause for worry. (The exception would be if you planted things that require a particularly well drained soil and you set them in a low wet spot or otherwise poorly drained location.) Part of the excitement of perennial gardening is the gradual re-emergence and orchestration of the display through trial and error. Enjoy your garden this season!

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