Cold Weather Annuals

Yes! You read that correctly… there are several varieties of annuals that can be planted in both planters and seeded in the ground. With the Stay Home Stay Safe order, many of us are itching to get outside and get to the local greenhouses however most annuals are not tolerant of our cold temperatures that remain during the Spring months. A few varieties of annual plants can survive our cold nights and brighten up your home as we wait for warmer days.

Frost and Cold Tolerant Flowers

Pansies, Violas, and Alyssum are all excellent options for temperatures 20 degrees and warmer. These flowers come in several color varieties, and they thrive in cooler temperatures. When temperatures get hot in the middle of summer, these types tend to get a little leggy and do not flower as well. There are a few options for planters. First, you can simply choose to replace these plants when the temperatures warm up with annuals who love the heat. Second, our horticulturist recommends planting them toward the middle of your planter with some space left around them. You can add summer loving annuals in and trim back the cool temperature annuals so they don’t look so leggy.


pansy flower

When fall hits, the pansies, violas, and alyssum will start to thrive again and brighten up your planters! Ornamental Cabbage and Kale also can add some beautiful greens and purples to your planters in both the Spring and Fall months. Remember, they are only frost ‘tolerant’ as well, meaning they need temperatures above 20 degrees. In addition to all the above plants, snap dragons, dianthus, and artemisia (dusty miller) are all cold tolerant, meaning they survive in above freezing temperatures.

Vegetable Garden Seeding

In addition to starting some annuals, there are a few varieties of vegetables that can be seeded in the ground.
You can begin to seed outdoors:

  • Sweet Peas
  • Sugar snap peas (snow peas)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Cabbage

dianthus apple slice