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Flower power: how to make the summer last forever16 Sep 6:00am

Flower power: how to make the summer last forever

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When the frost sets in, put bedding plants in a pot and rehouse them indoors I know as a garden writer I am supposed to wax lyrical about the change of seasons, finding joy in the crisp air and falling leaves. But I have to confess, as someone who loves growing things, that to me the start of autumn only means one thing – the end of summer. The impending threat of frost does, however, have an upside – the chance of free houseplants. It’s a way to make summer flowers last forever indoors, and here’s how to do it. Many of the most popular bedding plants, whose subtropical origins mean they have little to no defence against frost, also happen to make excellent houseplants. In a season when they are normally ripped out and binned to make way for the new, rehoming them indoors not only gives you houseplants for free but helps lessen the impact of what can be an extremely wasteful gardening practice. Also, as varieties of bedding plants can come and go in a surprisingly short space of time, sometimes disappearing from catalogues with no notice from one year to the next, if you are particularly in love with a variety, this can be a sure-fire way of keeping it in your collection.
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