Try These Plants for Cold Weather

Cold weather rolled into the Charleston area this week sending us scurrying for our scarves and sweaters. By Northern comparisons, it’s hardly frigid, but we have thin blood here in the South so the first time the temperature dips into the 40s, we’re freezing.

Besides stocking up on firewood and tossing an extra blanket on the bed, it’s also time to think about wintertime gardening. Pay attention to those overnight lows in case they start to reach freezing levels so you can bring your sensitive plants indoors or cover them with a sheet or cloth.

We also can still do a fair amount of gardening in the fall and winter season here in the Lowcountry. Even though the temps might be cool, the afternoons are almost always sunny and bright. So, don’t leave your window boxes and flower beds empty this fall, go ahead and add in some cold-weather tolerant flowers like pansies or snapdragons.

Here’s a list of great cold weather flowers and vegetables to try: Snapdragon, violas, kale, calendula, cabbage, mustards, kales poppies, pansies, foxgloves and allysums.

And, check out this article on with ideas on herbs to plant now and enjoy in your Thanksgiving meal.

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