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November 22, 2011


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Lucas Nevada

Lovely are your flowers Madaam :)

valerie Easton

Thanks Riz - can't believe we'll get through the winter without a couple of really hard freezes and plenty of drowning wet...yet I've seen colorful croprosma on display at nurseries this fall, recommended for containers. Maybe we should think of it as a surer bet for early spring so we can enjoy those beautiful leaves for many months....

Riz Reyes

That shrub looks to be a Croprosma ('Evening Glow' or 'Rainbow Surprise') These won't be fully hardy, but they can withstand a bit of cold when used in containers in a sheltered location. But a really hard freeze and constant wet will brown these guys, unfortunately.

wendy john

I lost a coprosma last winter during the two cold spells we had....

valerie Easton

Hi Jan,
The cyclamen is not hardy - I think they are just tucked into the larger containers in their pots to be lifted out if there is going to be a hard frost. I've left cyclamen outdoors in protected areas in all weather above freezing, so they're pretty tough but won't survive a hard frost. You could check with Ravenna Gardens re the shrub; I don't believe it's croposma, but I do believe it's hardy here...


The containers are indeed lovely and a visual pick-me-up!
How long will the cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum?) survive when the temps are persistently in the low 30's at night? Also what about the hardiness of what I believe to be croposma (multi-colored, in the 2nd in 3rd photos) ? I am fairly new to the region and still not familiar with how far I might push the envelope.

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