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to prevent the compost becoming waterlogged in winter.Choose cyclamen plants that are specifically bred to be hardy and will survive a frosty winter.Inspiration and advice on growing winter plantsWinter protection for tender plants.Adding winter colour
to the garden when the container is past its best - they will grow for years to comeFor extra protection against the cold, line metal containers with bubblewrap. It will help prevent compost from freezingMore winter plant projectsPlant up a snowdrop
for winter protection.Snowdrops, and where to find winter displays of them.
. The crown, or centre, of the plant should be at soil level.If the basket is hanging against a wall, turn it regularly so that all the fruits are exposed to some sun.More advice on growing strawberriesGrowing alpine strawberries in a container.Protecting
Dividing hostas.Creating a pot display of hostas and ferns.Dealing with slugs on hostas.Protecting hostas from snails.
it whenever necessary to prevent it swamping the other plants.Be careful when handling the lantana if you have sensitive skin, as the aromatic foliage can cause irritation.If frost is forecast after planting up, protect these plants by bringing the pot under
Verbena bonariensis is semi-hardy, so plants may be damaged by winter frosts. Protect the roots with a layer of straw or mulch in winter, and don't cut back the dead stalks until new ones have emerged in spring. If left, verbena bonariensis will self-seed freely
condition - and you'll also save yourself some pennies when it comes to the annual service.Mow lawns and trim new edgesDig compost into borders to improve water retention Add copper rings to pots to protect plants from slugs and snailsAround the garden
FlowersFinish planting out veg cropsSow summer salads in guttering to grow quick cropsUse netting to protect developing and ripening fruits from birdsFruit & vegIncrease shading if inside temperatures are getting hotTake cuttings from houseplants Damp down the greenhouse
Around the gardenLift dahlia tubers or protect those left in the ground Sow sweet peas now Collect seeds and berries from shrubs and flowering plantsFlowersLift and store carrots Pot up herbs to bring under cover for winter useSow green manure crops over bare areas