Pro­tect plants from frost dam­age

Garden Answers (UK) - - Easy Gardening -

Have a quick tour of the gar­den to check on plants that will need a bit of TLC over win­ter. Now’s the time to put pro­tec­tion in place. Leave ten­der peren­ni­als such as gaura and pen­ste­mon un­pruned un­til spring. Long stems can help pro­tect younger more vul­ner­a­ble shoots. Mulch around the crown with com­post or chipped bark. Pro­tect large ten­der ex­otics such as ba­nana plants and tree ferns by hold­ing their leaves up­right and fold­ing them over the crown. Stuff the cav­ity with straw, then se­cure with twine and wrap the crown and leaves with thick fleece. Move alpines to a porch or cold frame, or cover with a cloche or per­spex to shel­ter from win­ter wet. Store tu­bers and rhi­zomes of can­nas and dahlias in trays of damp com­post in a cool but frost-free place (see p39). Check them monthly. If the com­post is too dry, sprin­kle with wa­ter to keep it just damp enough.

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