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As a traditional plant in the cottage garden, the damsel's eye is particularly well-known for its orange-yellow flowers, but there is now a wealth of flower colors and shapes in specialist shops. Not all subspecies of the so-called pretty faces are hardy without any problems, but this can sometimes be helped.

Some types of the lady's eye are hardy

The wintering of girls' eyes in the open ground

Even short-lived subspecies of the genus Coreopsis can sometimes be stimulated to sprout again in spring in mild locations such as in the wine-growing climate if their herb is cut back to just above the ground immediately after the flowering period. Longer-lived varieties can be overwintered directly in the bed, but some only tolerate temperatures below -12 to -20 degrees Celsius. Therefore, after pruning in the fall, you should be covered with a protective layer, which can consist of the following materials:

  • leaves
  • piled up earth
  • bark mulch
  • pine needles

However, some gardeners prefer to cut back in the spring and leave the withered leaves over the winter as a protective layer over the roots of the plants.

Overwintering the beautiful faces in the pot

All potted plants are usually exposed to even colder temperatures when they spend the winter outdoors, since the insulating effect of the soil substrate can only take effect to a limited extent. For this reason, lady's eyes in the pot should not only be covered with leaves or another layer of mulch, but also wrapped with a protective fleece and placed in a south-facing position next to a house wall. In addition, a styrofoam plate (€35.50) placed between the floor and the planter protects against the cold attacking from below.

Water overwintering plants sufficiently

It is important for both outdoor and potted specimens of the tickseed to ensure adequate water supply in addition to temperature protection in winter. You should therefore water the plants moderately on frost-free days in winters with frost. After all, drought damage to many plant species in winter poses a far greater threat than the actual freezing of the plants. In this respect, too, a layer of mulch over the bed proves to be practical, as the soil dries out less in winter due to wind and sun.


Even perennial and hardy species of the lady's eye do not have an open lifespan, but can become old after four or five years. To prevent this, it is advisable to carefully dig up long-lived varieties in the same location after about three years and propagate them by division.

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