SEPTEMBER 16th – Linda McDonald – Overwintering Half-Hardy Plants

Linda McDonald

Linda McDonald
Overwintering Half-Hardy Plants

Monday September 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

NHS Hall Section A, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105 MAP

With the coming change of season, gardeners begin to ponder if they should try to protect their half-hardy tender plants or leave them to the uncertain weather of the coming winter. If we could count on last year’s mild temperatures, we might relax and enjoy the change into fall color and those plants that ‘decline with interest’.

Yet some of us are more controlling and can’t leave it to chance; we must protect our showiest specimens. Phormium, cannas, cordylines, aeoniums, angel trumpets, colored callas, Melianthes major, tree ferns and more will be discussed and protective techniques shown. See how to use burlap wraps, mulches and how simple plastic structures can be built with a minimum of tools or skills.

While the current rage is easy care plants and natives, some gardeners continue to be drawn to the excitement and drama of semi-tropical plants in creating their version of paradise. In addition to increasing the chances of winter survival, simple design tips for combining these bold types will be presented.

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