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by Ms Sarah on October 13, 2006 12:03 PM
i have a VERY limited space for flowers but want to add some color to the front of my house.
what are some good plants for fall/winter? maybe something i can pull for spring. i saw that perinneals (sorry for the spelling) were good for cold weather.

i live in N Carolina and the weather is perfect right now, not cold at all. but i want to dress up my front porch.


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by daylily77 on October 13, 2006 02:52 PM
Aster is my favorite for fall/winter. I also like pansies! Mums are also great for fall/winter. I love the varieties with the bigger flowers. Let us know what you choose!
by sibyl on October 13, 2006 02:53 PM
mums are good this time of year, and very pretty

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by rainie on October 13, 2006 08:44 PM
I live in zone 6, but I have fall blooming clematis blooming now and it's beautiful - my dahlias are also georgous and in full bloom - they've been in bloom all summer and fall. I'm not sure, but dahlias may be perennial in your area, I have to dig mine up every year [Roll Eyes] , the clematis is a perennial.
by joclyn on October 14, 2006 01:27 AM
mums are great for blooming at this time of year (just pinch back the buds in late july/august to make them bush out more and then bloom late). they come in a whole range of colors too!

you can leave them in the ground and they will start growing again in mid summer...for spring and summer, you can plant bulbs there...then you'll have color happening all through the summer and into the fall.
by Deborah L. on October 14, 2006 02:00 AM
Dahlias have to be dug up and stored, even out here in California.
You let the leaves die back like a tulip, cut off the dead leaves, and store the tubers wrapped in newspaper or straw, in moderate temps, until spring.
Dahlias grown from seed won't come true to type.
I learned all of this from my dear friend, Edna Comstock, for whom the Edna C. dahlia is named.
Edna is now 94 ! [flower]

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by Deborah L. on October 14, 2006 02:02 AM
BTW - Edna's old enough to be my grandmother !

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