Annuals only bloom for one season, while perennials return year after year with more blooms each time. But, did you know that some perennials will only grow and bloom for a single season in some colder climates? If you live in any of the zones where winter involves ice, snow, or freezing weather, there are certain types of plants need to be uprooted and taken indoors for the winter. Here are 5 plants that have to be dug up in cold climates, mainly zones 3 thru 7.
Dahlias will grow well in zones 3 to 10, but they won’t survive the winter outdoors. You’ll need to dig these continuous bloomers up once the weather turns colder. It’s best to dig them up right after the first frost has killed the foliage on each plant. Full sun to partial shade is ideal for these vibrant plants.
Begonias are another plant that needs to be lifted once the frost hits. These beautiful plants are bursting with gorgeous blooms all summer long. They make a great addition to a window box or container in a patio garden. Full shade isn’t a problem for these plants either. They will do very well in both full and partial shade.
Both dwarf glads and regular sized gladiolus need to be dug up before winter sets in. These sun-loving plants will produce tons of trumpet-like blooms clustered together along a single stalk. They are also tolerant of a little bit of shade and deer resistant too. Once in bloom, the colorful flowers can last as long as 20 days, making them a fantastic cut flower for a vase.
2. Butterfly Amaryllis
You might be familiar with the red variety of amaryllis that is popular during Christmas time, but this particular amaryllis truly stands out from the rest. Each stalk is tipped with a flower with maroon stripes set against a white background. Each lovely petal has a tinge of green at the end and along the edges of some of the more narrow petals. It will bloom for nearly 10 weeks and does excellent in partial shade or full sun.
1. Coral Drops
Each parasol-shaped flower on this plant appears to be outlined in crimson. The more than 30 blooms produced by a single plant also have a crimson stripe down the middle of each petal, with a white background showing behind this center line. These natives of Mexico enjoy lots of sunshine, but they will also do well in an area with a small amount of shade.
Even though I’d much rather plant perennials that will come up again the following year on their own, I come across quite a few unique flowers that I can’t live without. The 5 I listed above are just a sample of some of my favorite flowers that need to be dug up in the fall. Do you have any plants you need to bring in each fall as well?
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