Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:45
If you cut the first flower stems off when they are done, your likely to get a second and maybe third flush depending on your plant. They do get eaten a lot, but they are tough plants once they get established and should come back for many years.
They do tend to get eaten by lots of things. If you protect the new shoots next year when they are just poking thorough, that will give them the protection they need to get going.
The dried stalks of the plants I think would make great homes for hibernating insects so I tend to them until Spring before I cut them down.
Basal cuttings are really easy to do, you keep your favourite plant and it's a lot quicker than growing from seed