Autumn is a great time of year to start adding new plants to the garden before frost. The soil is still a bit warm, which means conditions are great for the roots to start growing directly on the plant. An expert shares three plants he “recommends” planting now to thrive through the winter months.
Andrew Lawson, head gardener at Tresco’s famous Abbey Gardens, said: “We plant flowers from all over the world, such as Brazil, Burma and South Africa. I’m constantly changing my favorite plants, but the top contenders are King Proteas, Lobster Claws and Pelargonium There have been, but generally, the more exotic the better.
“If you’re looking for hardy plants that will survive the winter months, I’d recommend three. These include Luma apiculata from southern Chile, which can eventually grow up to seven meters tall, with orange peeling bark and white flowers. Is.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), this plant can last up to 50 years, and is great for growing in a variety of areas within the garden, including on the patio, in containers, as a Mediterranean climate plant or in wall borders Huh. ,
The plant will produce foliage throughout the year, while flowers will appear in summer and autumn, as well as fruit in the winter months. The RHS states that this shrub requires full sun or partial shade to thrive, but can grow in a variety of conditions, including chalk, clay, loam and sand.
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Andrew said: “I also recommend Mitraria coccinea from southern Chile, a low scrambling shrub that can grow up to 1.5m tall. It has beautiful orange/red shining flowers in summer.”
Also known as the scarlet mater pod plant, this shrub has year-round foliage, flowers in the spring and summer and will also bear fruit in the summer and autumn months. Due to its “hardy” nature, it enjoys a sheltered and semi-shaded position in peaty, acidic soils.
The gorgeous plant is generally trouble-free as well as pest-free and spreads easily. To propagate this shrub, the RHS said, take stem cuttings or propagate by sowing seeds in summer with downward heat.
It can also be grown as a climbing or standalone shrub, giving gardeners a variety of options in the garden. It is recommended to plant it in containers on their own, making sure they are large enough or have sides against a wall.
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Tresco’s horticulturist continued: “I also recommend Metrosideros umbellata, a small tree from southern New Zealand that has red flowers in summer.” All three of these plants and shrubs will survive the cold winter months, the expert said.
Andrew said: “To protect plants and flowers from frost, large and tender plants may need wool to protect them, especially if a drop in temperature is expected. Wool is a thin, non-woven fabric that Used to protect late and early crops and delicate plants from cold weather and frost.
“It’s very easy to use. Just wrap your plant with it, making sure it’s not too tight, or lay it over your patch, making sure it’s nice and secure with pegs or string.
“If you have plants such as Aeoniums in pots outside, now is the time to move them to a conservatory or cool glasshouse well lit to keep them fairly dry. Cold and wet weather is usually more harmful.
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If gardeners are worried about frost damaging their favorite plants, an expert recommends taking cuttings from it in the hopes they’ll grow into additional plants. This way, gardeners can also save money because they won’t have to buy as many plants or shrubs from the garden center.
Although it may not seem like it, November is a great month for gardeners to start the gardening year, moving forward to harvest time for flowers and vegetables. Spring is such a busy time of year with a lot of gardening to do, so sowing as much as you can will save time next year.
The RHS said: “This month is perfect for planting new fruit trees and shrubs, but only if the ground is not frostbitten or too wet. Vegetation of vacant areas of the plot incorporating well-rotted organic matter Dig up, and weed. Plant overwintering broad beans in even light areas.
“Sow them outside or under terraces where the soil is well drained, or in pots in unheated greenhouses in colder districts.” Garlic gloves can be mounted in modules inside a cold frame, or outside in lighted areas in their final position. Garlic will thrive only in areas with free-draining soil and low rainfall.
Houseplants are also popular in the winter months, with many people gifting them over the festive period, including plants such as the poinsettia. Morag Hill, co-founder of The Little Botanical, shares a handy care guide for poinsettia owners.
According to the expert, poinsettias like to be kept moist but not soggy. It is important that the top layer of soil is dry between waterings as letting them sit in water can lead to root rot. Root rot is a relatively common houseplant disease that will kill plants if left untreated.
The houseplant expert explained: “The ideal temperature for your poinsettia is between 13C and 16C. They are sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, so make sure you choose a location out of drafts and away from radiators.
“They’ll enjoy a bright spot away from direct sunlight.” Poinsettias also “thrive” in humid conditions, which means they are great plants for naturally moist rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.