"Reusing” annuals by overwintering them

Lilian Ho’s garden is a great example of “reusing” annuals by overwintering them each year instead of buying new ones. It is a great way to save money… or (if you are like me) to have more money to spend on other plants.

She writes, “My container plants are all non-hardy plants, mainly begonias, fuchsias, pelargoniums and few Eucomis (pineapple lily) that all need winter protections. Most of the begonias are grown from seeds and some from tuber. I cut the begonias, fuchsias and Eucomis down in November and store them in the garage while I take cuttings from the pelargoniums in the fall and grow them indoors over the winter.”

I’ll also mention that most of these beautiful plants really need cool summer temperatures to look their best. So all of you northerns suffering through a deep freeze, this is your reward! This summer, load up on tuberous begonias and fuchsias and make your southern neighbors jealous!

Huge, delicately patterned flowers on begonia ‘Rose Picotte’.

A three year old plant grown from the Non-Stop tuberous begonia seed strain.

Fuschias ‘Swing Time’ and ‘Southgate’ blooming together in a hanging basket.

Pelargoniums ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Longshot’ with Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’ (ornamental oregano, zones 5 – 9).

A mix of Eucomis varieties blooming together.

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