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I live in Massachusetts, zone 6a, and have grown Ruby Dreams and other coleus varieties from seed for a number of years. They last deep into the fall, when temperatures drop down into the forties. As soon as they start to look chilly, meaning the leaves become crumpled and droopy, I dig them up, pot them and keep them inside for the winter. When the danger ...


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It's listed as an annual many places because any amount of frost is likely to be fatal to an unprotected plant. Fortunately, in your zone frost is not really a certainty. If the winter is on the mild side (for your climate) your coleus could probably make it through unprotected. If you make an effort to shelter the plant; coverings, mulching around the ...


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That's a freesia, a group of iris-relatives. Due to their interesting flower shape, strong scent and comparatively low "fussyness" they have been cultivated and hybridized a lot over time. They come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Many of us will know them as cut flower where they contribute scent and visual interest to bouquets; because the ...


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Just found this thread. You may want to try a couple of perennials that serve me well. The first is Lovage, which grows in my zone 4a to between 4 & 6 ft. tall by 1.5 foot wide and tastes like a very strong celery. The second is salad burnet. It grows year round evergreen here, and if mixed and chilled with sour cream, mayo or crème cheese for at least ...



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