It's September, when the days grow short, and the gardening season grows even shorter.
Yet many annuals and perennials will tolerate cold, and some even survive frost.
To extend the beauty of your garden into the autumn and even early winter, you might want to add now to your garden or keep these cold-tolerant beauties on your plant wish list, given their hardiness. Remember, along the Front Range, fall is a fine time to plant perennials. And as seasons change, your garden can change, too, highlighting these beautiful yet tough plants in your flower beds, borders, or container gardens. Cool!
• Frost-hardy plants (These plants can survive conditions of 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. )
Flowering Cabbage and Kale
• These plants are hardy to 20 degrees fahrenheit
Salvia, Victoria and greggii
• Half-hardy plants, these will tolerate cold, but not frost.
Geranium (perennial geraniums, not zonal geraniums)
Old Man Winter comes too soon, so if you live in a climate with frost and cold, these plants will keep your garden looking lovely as long as possible.
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