Last night I was given a car full of perennials by an elderly relative who has decided he's 'retiring' from gardening and has celebrated the fact by digging up everything, roots and all. Mainly Asters but a good variety of others too. In truth there's only a couple of dozen but they are mature bush-sized plants, still most in bloom, and currently are sitting in big sacks on the patio.
The question is, do I plant them out now - which I'd prefer not to do because I'd have to clear out all the late annuals that are still flowering well to get to the back of the borders - and let them settle in before the soil gets too cold or would I get away with planting them into big pots until next year? Indeed, give that my soil is heavy clay and they've had a shock, would a few months in some nice fresh compost to grow new roots be a good thing? I'm only used to dealing with small, young plants that are pretty forgiving not more mature plants and would hate to kill them off with a bad decision.