Oriental Poppies - can't make them grow
I've always wanted oriental poppies but just can't seem to get them started.
I've tried starting them from seed: direct sow in the spring (nothing)
direct sow in the winter (nothing)
inside the house on a seedling mat (got seedlings, planted them, but they died).
I gave up on seeds and bought two plants, which I put in the ground this spring. They did alright for a while but then withered and now appear to be completely gone.
First question: is there any possibility the plants aren't actually dead and will return in the spring?
Second question: what am I doing wrong here? So many people in Denver have huge gorgeous plants!
Mine were in full sun and surrounded by wood chip mulch.