Mulch & reseeding annuals

I have some neglected beds that are badly in need of weed control & mulch. I want to lay down newspaper (working around the plants that are supposed to be there), then cover with mulch. However, I'm concerned about the whether the annuals/biennials (we're talking nigella, foxgloves, & columbines) will reseed. Wiil the seeds germinate in mulch? And will the newspaper break down enough by next year for the plants to develop roots? Anybody have any other suggestions?
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the newspaper will certainly disappear. Use a mulch (like leaves) that will disappear in a year as well, and you will be set for next year. You will still get weeds... if I were you, I'd use wood newspaper and wood chips, and collect the seeds by hand to start as seedlings.
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I did this last year with a bed that was getting overrun by grass. I did have some annual reseeding - not as heavy as previous years, but enough to supply color later this summer. In this case, the reseeding annuals that seem to be successful in putting down roots through decaying newspaper are cosmos, shirley poppies, and california poppies. A few lavatera squeaked through, and one or two others species, but the above seemed the most determined. I'm very pleased though to have cut down on the weeds - although I did some additional spraying with grass-b-gone to get the grass that sprouted between sections of newspaper.

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