Ask John Stoa, Our Gardening Expert: Summer Bedding Display

summer bedding display, "Red and Pelargonium (Geranium) flowers, commonly used for potting and hanging baskets"

John Stoa, ask the gardening expert, summer bedding displayEven the most experienced gardeners need a little advice sometimes… especially from a gardening expert! Our gardening guru, John Stoa, answers your queries during this change of season.

Q. My summer bedding plants have given me a fantastic display. Can I keep any of these for another year?

September is a good time to ensure you retain the best varieties of perennial summer bedding plants for next year.

Tuberous begonias and dahlias can be lifted, dried off and stored in a frost-free shed till next year.

Geraniums, impatiens and fuchsias can be propagated from cuttings taken now and kept on a window-sill over winter.

Feel like September has just crept up on you? Not to worry, John Stoa also your September Garden Checklist sorted!


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