Many of us might believe that once the first frosts arrive, the only things that are going to grow in your garden are evergreens. However, that’s absolutely not the case! There are a variety of flowers, vegetables and other greenery that can withstand cooler temperatures. We’ve put together a list of four frost resistant plants for your garden.
Even though certain plants might be considered frost resistant, there are ways to give these hardier plants a better chance of surviving colder temperatures. Placing plants along south-facing walls can trap and radiate light and heat and provide a warmer microclimate for better results. Using cloches (glass domes,) row covers and other shelters can also reduce the destructive effects of frost. While the following list of plants may be frost resistant, giving them a little extra help will ensure your chances of success.
Winter flowering pansies that have been bred to withstand frosts has made them one of the most popular frost resistant flowering plants. When covered in frost they may droop and appear to be succumbing to the cold, but once the temperatures rise slightly they’ll come back to life. Thin layers of snow can even help pansies by helping retain heat and protecting them from the wind.
Snapdragons do quite well in cooler weather and can endure frosts with proper protection. Planting them in containers and using mulch will protect their roots from a deep freeze and allow them to thrive in the cold. In extreme cold, the plant will die back but will return and flower again with the arrival of spring and summer.
Kale is not only a highly nutritious green, it can also withstand cold weather and frosts. Some ornamental kales become even more colourful and vibrant as the temperature drops. Although still edible, ornamental kale is best known for its looks. That said, some edible varieties become even sweeter and tastier after a heavy frost.
If you like to use herbs from your garden in your cooking, rosemary is useful in a wide variety of dishes. Certain varieties are also able to withstand light frosts. If you want to keep some rosemary outdoors late into the year, opt for upright growing varieties with thinner leaves.