Use Frost To Your Advantage In Your Garden

Sheri Ann Richerson

Once you learn the basics of using frost to your advantage, you can get a head start on your spring garden and extend that fall garden by several weeks.

The following information will help you.

When old Jack Frost comes calling in the fall, most of us have already brought our plants indoors to overwinter.

It will take work to remove all the dead plant material and replace it with different plants, but just think how great it will be when your garden looks as good as it did earlier in the summer.

The best part is you don’t have to cover these plants because a little frost will make them look even better.

Some of the best plants to use include nontraditional choices such as sedum, ajuga, euphorbia, ornamental cabbage, Artemisia, holly, cedar, creeping thyme, veronica, ferns, ivy, hellebore and various grasses.

When you plant frost tolerant plants that you intend to remove the following spring, be sure to plant them close together. This is how to create the full, luxurious look that you are after.

Many people also do not know that plant growth slows or even stops once cold weather sets in, so honestly the plants won’t grow much larger.