Sep 20, 2022
Do you have some annuals that are still going strong? In this
episode of Down the Garden Path podcast, landscape
designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss how some annuals
can be saved and brought inside for you to use in your gardens next
Tune in to hear Joanne
and Matthew discuss ways you can save your
Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this
- Annuals as houseplants?
- Coleus, geraniums, tuberous begonias, and sweet potato vine are
some of the annuals that we can bring indoors and use as houseplant
over the winter.
- How do you properly bring in plant material for the winter?
- You can bring in the pot and treat it like a houseplant with
indirect light, keeping it lightly watered.
- You can treat it like a mother plant and take cuttings from it.
- Put the cuttings in water in indirect light, as well, and plant
them when you are ready. Keep in indirect light until they are
ready to put out in the spring.
- Summer bulbs or tubers: Sweet potato vines,
dahlias, cannas, and calls
- How do you properly bring them indoors?
- Dig them up and shake the dirt loose, but don't wash the tubers
or introduce any moisture to them.
- How do you store them for the winter?
- Store them in a cool, dark place until February or so; then you
can divide the tubers with a clean sharp knife and create even more
plants than you started with.
- If you are looking for unusual or special bulbs, corms or
tubers, now is the good time to look at online resources. Most
mail-order places have a better variety than local stores and they
will ship them in time for you to pot them up.
- Dahlia May Flower Farm will start taking orders
soon: We encourage you to support smaller growers in your area and
buy your plants from them.
Down the Garden Path
Each week on Down The Garden Path, professional
landscape designers Joanne
Shaw and Matthew Dressing
discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and
As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne
Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of
Toronto for over a decade. A horticulturist and landscape designer,
Matthew Dressing owns Natural Affinity Garden Design,
a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto
and the Eastern GTA. Together, they do their best to bring you
interesting, relevant and useful topics to help you keep your
garden as low maintenance as possible.
In their new book, Down the Garden Path: A
Step-By-Step Guide to Your Ontario Garden, Joanne and
Matthew distill their horticultural and design expertise and their
combined experiences in helping others create and maintain thriving
gardens into one easy-to-read monthly reference guide. It's now
available on Amazon.