Perennials In Raised Beds - Knowledgebase Question

Yakima, WA
Question by FRAMEW2X4
March 5, 2001
Is it a good idea to keep perennials (such as tulips and other bulbs) in raised beds made from lumber? I live in zone 5-6, but think of it more as 4-5. It seems they would be more subject to freezing, requiring deeper planting and mulching.


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2001

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Most bulbs are quite cold-hardy and whether you plant them in the ground, in raised beds, or in above-ground containers, they should sail through freezing winter weather without any difficulty at all. Not all perennials will fare as well, though, and their roots may need additional protection from your winter weather. If you have concerns about specific plants, submit another question to the site and we'll provide additional information.

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