These plants in the border around my wildlife pond may appear dead, as their flowers have long faded and their stems have died back, but both the Hylotelephium telephium and this Inula hookeri are perennials. They will grow back next year. I always leave the dead stems in place on my perennials over autumn and winter, as these vertical, hollow stems provide places for insects to hibernate and leaving the stems in place can help to protect the plants over winter. I cut these dead stems back in springtime, just before the new growth emerges.

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