By Alice McGowan, Brian McGowan
Cooler-zone gardeners are studying that with a bit wintertime care, crops that experience lengthy been thought of "annuals" can thrive for years. those vegetation - together with geraniums, gladioli, dahlias, begonias, rosemary, lavender, snapdragons, or even impatiens - aren't annuals in any respect. particularly, they're delicate perennials. They aren't hardy adequate to outlive iciness on their lonesome, yet they are often moved interior throughout the chilly months after which again to the backyard in spring. Many are much more appealing of their moment and 3rd years! Bulbs within the Basement, Geraniums at the Windowsill is the 1st accomplished source at the care and upkeep of gentle crops. during this zone-defying advisor, you'll locate basic thoughts for overwintering, besides a hundred and sixty designated plant profiles that come with individualized suggestion for overwintering and indoor care. With this sensible advisor, you could take pleasure in your favourite crops yr after 12 months, irrespective of the place you reside!
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Nigra’ has some of the deepest purple flowers of any cultivar. Plants attain a height of about 6'. Also sold as ‘Black Beauty’. ‘Simplex’ is a mixture of colors on 4–5' tall stems. Double and semi-double flowers Chaters Double Hybrids occur in a range of colors. Each double flower resembles a ruffled peony. Plants with single colors include ‘Chaters Pink’, ‘Chaters Scarlet’, ‘Chaters Purple’, ‘Chaters White’, and ‘Chaters Yellow’. ‘Majorette’ has semi-double lacy flowers on 3' tall stems. ‘Nigrita’ has dark, almost purple-red double flowers.
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Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill: How to Grow and Overwinter 165 Tender Plants by Alice McGowan, Brian McGowan