Slightly unnerved, I noticed my tulips popping up weeks ago (in January) wondering if they would survive a late Winter freeze that would most definitely happen because this is North Carolina weather, am I right?
Here we are on the heels of Snowpocalypse 2020 – at the end of February!
After discussing this with a friend, she came up with a brilliant idea…
“While they say weather is local, and climate is global, it is obvious that climate affects our weather. According to all the data, in the southeast, we will see more days of temperatures above 95 degrees, more severe storms, more severe drought events. Plants cannot adapt to these changes easily, so we need to be more diligent about picking the right plants for our landscapes to ensure they will flourish and provide all the food, ecological, economic, and social benefits we need”.
-Barbara Fair, PhD
It’s essential to continue to try new plants in your garden, always keeping in our changing climate in mind. Maybe that means you buy make smaller investments when trying new plants out.
- Japanese Maples are pretty tolerant. They can handle a late freeze, the leaves may die but they will return.
- Woody plants
- Fruit trees: peaches, apples, figs, pawpaw (native trees)
- Pecans (the tree has to be pretty old to produce)
- Vegetables: The biggest mistake is that we plant our veggies way too early. They are not resilient and cannot survive frost. Know when your latest frost date is before you plant.
- Cool-weather: Brussel sprouts, peas, some beans, many lettuces
- Dogwoods (blooms early, sturdy, not affected by late frost)
- Pansies can rebloom in Spring
- Invincibelle spirit (a better solution to fickle hydrangeas)
- Ornamental cabbages, swiss chard, and kales can bloom again in the Spring
- Sour and Sweet Cherries
- Plums are okay but iffy
- Hydrangeas! As beautiful as they are they won’t survive later frosts, need a proper PH and some shade. Invincibelle spirits look very similar and are a much better alternative
- Although we LOVE them, Tulips don’t do well in the South. They are really susceptible to bulb damage and should be treated as annuals in many cases moving forward