Helaine’s Connecticut Backyard – FineGardening


At present we’re visiting with Helaine McDermott from western Connecticut.

close up of pink and white flowers in the gardenPink hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–9) blooms behind an enormous clump of bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis, Zones 6–9).

close up of variegated Japanese forest grassAn exquisite clump of variegated Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9)

close up of begonia with red flowers in a urn containerBegonia ‘Bonfire’ (Zones 9–11)i is normally grown as an annual, however Helaine has had this plant for eight years now. Every fall, she simply places it within the storage earlier than the primary frost and lets it go dormant, giving it no water throughout the winter. In spring she takes it out and waters it once more, and it comes again into progress.

close up of begonia with pink flowers in a containerThis begonia will get the identical remedy—dry within the storage all winter—and in addition overwinters simply nice.

close up of purple heart plantAnd, once more, this purple coronary heart (Tradescantia pallida, Zones 7–10) spends the winter within the storage. Many vegetation grown as annuals or tropicals in northern climates might be overwintered dry and funky in a storage or basement. Not all will survive that means, however in case you have one you like that appears good earlier than frost, it’s price giving it a attempt to seeing if you will get one other yr of progress out of it.


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