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Question: I have pots of Heather and Dusty Miller sitting in pots through out my flower garden. They seem to do well and I can move then where I need to fill in or bring a different look. My question is now that winter is approaching how to best to be able to keep them growing year after year? I would like to just keep them in my heated garage as I have done with Mums but not sure if this would work. Is it to late to plant them in the ground? If both ways could work I would appreciate directions on what to do in either case. As always I can't thank you enough for the advice I have received from this web site. Thank you

Answer: Dusty miller is considered an annual in your gardening region. You may be able to overwinter the roots in the pot in your garage. Wait until frost nips the tops of the plants. This signals them to go into dormancy. While dormant the roots should not need water but you'll want to make sure the soil doesn't get bone dry or the roots will dehydrate. Heather is a perennial and it loves acidic soil so plant your heathers in the garden, amending the soil with peatmoss or compost to help lower the soil's pH. Plant them now and mulch around each plant with additional compost, or shredded leaves or pine needles. The mulch will help protect the roots from winter cold. In the spring you should see new growth. Enjoy!

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