How to protect your outdoor plants from the cold

Make cold-weather shelters for plants

Autumn brings chillier evenings. With a bit of luck we may enjoy outdoor roast & toasts in the garden until well into October, but it’s equally possible that the first frost will make its appearance before that. There are many plants that don't mind too much about falling temperatures. The plants in your garden that do, though, will need some safe shelter or a warm protective jacket now.

How to protect your plants from cold Thejoyofplants.co.uk

An orangery for you and your plants

Who wouldn’t want a warm and sheltered garden spot with lots of windows onto the outside world? A well-built orangery protects plants from the rain and bitter winds, and it’s also a great place to finish off the last autumn garden jobs with a hot cup of tea. Read all about overwintering in a conservatory, greenhouse or orangery.

 

Do it yourself

Don’t let a lack of resources stop you. You can make anything yourself, including a mini greenhouse where your plants can peacefully hibernate over the coming months without suffering a lack of light.


What does frost do?

Frost can cause damage: water expands when it freezes and that includes the moisture inside your plant. This causes tears and splits, and your plants can end up damaged. Frost damage can also be caused by a cold wind, and exposed plants in pots are at a much greater risk than plants in the soil. It's your job to protect them. Read all about it in the article frost and your outdoor plants.

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