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which shrubs and plant will survive in frosty conditions?
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6 Feb, 2010
If you look at some of the companies that sell in the US, they use a zone code for plants/trees/shurbs that is based on minimum average temperatures, and what you probably want is zone 8 or 7.
This is why i like hardy plants you can just bung them in the garden and let them get on with it . All my plants are hardy , Then i dont have to worry about plants dying in the winter months.
The only time i will have delicate plants is through out the summer
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This is a difficult question to answer as it really depends on what the weather throws at you. Last year I would have given a different answer to now - the weather here in Cheshire has been quite mild for several winters but this year has been the coldest for 30 years so I am yet to find out if the more tender plants have survived. It also depends on how much trouble you are prepared to take to protect the plants when cold weather is forecast; see http://www.gardeningforeveryman.com to see what I plant here.
Lots! When you visit a garden centre to buy plants, check the lables and they SHOULD tell you clearly whether the plant is 'fully hardy' (will survive extreme cold), 'half-hardy' (needs protection from frost) or 'tender' (not hardy at all). These apply to annuals as well as perrennials, but I imagine you're refering to perennials - these are plants that come back year after year. Therefore, if you want to buy plants that wil survive cold conditions year after year, look out for lables that say 'Hardy Perennial'.
I have a couple of lovely Viburnum in flower, the frost and snow doesnt bother them at all, in the summer they just have green leaves which they drop the flowers start to show late Sept and flower until spring when the leaves come.
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