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under cover at night if there's a threat of frost.AdamSanvitalia are one of the easiest plants to grow. Chop them back if they begin to get unruly.Lantana is a tender plant that needs to be brought indoors for winter, or you can take cuttings in summer
.AdamMany of these plants can be raised from seed. Sow them into fibre pots in spring and you can transplant them into the container without disturbing their roots.Take cuttings of the osteospermum in summer and overwinter them indoors in case you lose plants during a cold
so don't plant them out too early, and protect them over winter by bringing them indoors.
in a cool, lightly shaded spot.AdamWhen it's flowered, cut back the begonia and move it indoors. The ferns can be repotted or enjoyed in the garden.More planting combinations for shadeGrowing shade-loving acer and ajuga.Grow plants for shade
.Water the pot well to fully soak the water-retaining gel. Keep the container looking fresh by deadheading the pelargoniums regularly to encourage more flowers.AdamBefore the first frosts, remove the begonia and pelargonium plants and pot them up for use indoors
between the begonias. Top up with compost, firming it around the roots with your fingers.Cover the container with horticultural fleece or move indoors if frost is forecast. Bring the begonias in at the end of summer to use as houseplants.AdamAs the plants
At this time of year it’s all too easy to stay indoors and become a couch potato. When I do venture into the garden, my fingers ache with the cold and the ground is so slippery I can barely stay upright. I can’t even warm up by working the soil
, including African violets, cane-stemmed begonias, coleus, cyperus, impatiens, ivy, rubber plants and verbena.More on growing and caring for house plantsTaking stem cuttings from dracaena house plantsGrowing cactus plants from seedGrowing indoor amarylis
indoor lettuces some much-needed ventilation. I must remember, though, to shut it before temperatures drop this evening. I mustn't get lulled into a false sense of security...
spreads to form dense clumps of lush, green foliage.Newly planted Convallaria struggles to grow in cold, wet conditions, so it pays to plant the crowns into pots during March, then grow them on indoors before planting out. By mid-May they