Posted: 05/11/2017 at 14:27
If you want to leave them in the ground but would like to be on the safe side you could try this tip:
My parents planted their fuchsias out in a bed when they moved to a new house in Yorkshire. As they were getting on in years, they couldn't deal with the idea of fetching them all in again for the winter and so they cut the tops down and covered the plants with a thick layer of fallen leaves. They weighted these down with the tops from the fuchsias (or any twiggy material would do). All of this was then removed in the spring and the fuchsias started to shoot again.
This was about 30 years ago and was successful every year. I now live in the house and, because the fuchsias have been in the ground for so long I don't even have to bother with this process now. I continue to get a lovely display each year.
If your plants are small and set out individually, how about holding the leaves in place with an up-turned wire hanging basket or something similar? Good luck!
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Thank you, I shall try that. It is very heavy clay soil, so not the best for them over winter, but the prospect of digging thjem all up is quite offputting. I have found that dahlias that I've left in have all survived unlike many of those that I've lifted (despite following Monty's instructions!)