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With limited space what would you save over winter?

B3B3 Posts: 25,247
I have no greenhouse, just a porch to overwinter plants.
I'm going to save the osteospermums with interesting colours. I saved my tarragon last year but have only used it once so that'll stay outside. Pelargoniums - no.
If you have limited space too, what will you save?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,674
    tarragon (french) will often survive on it's own anyway, mine survived in the barn at -18 the water pipes a meter under the barn did not survive.
    I keep a couple of plants in the house to save them, (lemon grass and a scented bush thingy) and dahlias get saved, nothing else.
    However save what you like best or whatever is most expensive/takes most time to replace.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    I also have no greenhouse - if it can’t live in my garden year round, it won’t live :smile:
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,989
    I too only have a back porch for over-wintering. My Lemon Verbena and Bougainvillea have prime position and a precious Myrtle I have in pot gains a space too. If I have room, some pelargoniums and salvia will win a spot. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,652
    Aloe Vera gets the first spot here.
    I leave lemon verbena outside - not because I don't mind if it dies, just because it's in a sheltered spot and it has come through several hard winters well enough, so it doesn't need to be inside. The only time I brought it in was during 'The Beast' when it sat in the way and we went round it for a couple of weeks.
    I do have a couple of pelargoniums that I keep on the kitchen windowsill over winter - a scented one, Lord Bute and one I inherited from Mum that flowers all winter so earns it's keep. 

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    I don't grow much that needs over wintering. The things I really like that would need it - Cannas, pelargoniums or similar, would need to come in the house anyway, or it would mean heating a greenhouse, and there's no chance of that happening.  
    I use mine for sheltering small plants/cuttings, or any seeds that would succumb to the wet weather, or potted tulips for the same reason, although I'd rather they were outside with shelter, as a greenhouse can be too warm for those if there's a bit of sun in late winter. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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