Fall Color for Gardens
With a little help from The New York Botanical Garden, fill your porch or patio with lush fall plants in containers that will withstand the elements.
• Water in the morning when soil is dry and especially at the onset of severe cold weather. Do not water if the temperature is below freezing.
• Group containers together. This will create added protection.
• If temperatures are going to remain extremely low for a long time, either wrap your container with bubble wrap or fill a garbage bag with newspaper (twist newspaper as you would when building a campfire) and wrap around containers.
• Winter protection should only be done after the plants have acclimated to the cold, but before danger of subfreezing temperatures.
Shown here: Benenson ornamental and dwarf conifers
For more gardening tips, visit The New York Botanical Garden.
--Sonia Uyterhoeven, garden expert, The New York Botanical Garden
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