Winter Frosts: Preparing the Garden for Weather

Native plants can be harmed by unexpected cold weather, including large amounts of snowfall, just like their exotic counterparts. In a completely natural setting this would rarely occur, since these species are adapted to the variable temperature range. However, in the built environment, frost damage is increasingly likely since we frequently use native plants from other regions. Gardeners should look first to their locally native plants as much as possible, since they have evolved to suit local conditions. Plants that originated in Southern California, the Channel Islands or in our low deserts look lovely in gardens, and when winter comes, they may be at the edge of their cold-tolerance range. Continue reading