As summer and early fall roll to a close, frost and cold weather dominate the outdoors. While one may think this can mean the end of garden plant life for the season, there are species out there that can survive the cooler temperatures.
These plants in most cases will be perennials and should be treated accordingly for the upcoming winter months. Among the ranks of these are the sedum, peony, coneflower, monarda, wild columbine, coralbells, Siberian iris, coreopsis, baptista, catmint, lily-of-the-valley, artemisia, heliopsis, aster and hosta. There are also a number of frost resistant vegetables than can be harvested from the garden as mentioned in a previous post.
It is important to keep in mind with all of these plants however, that their hardiness will not be at the same level in all of them. Depending on where you find yourself will have an impact on the plant life that will thrive on your property. Those who reside in Toronto, southern parts of Pickering and Ajax would be in the 6a zone, while those in Whtiby, Oshawa and northern parts of Pickering and Ajax would be in 5b. Depending on the zone, your property will freeze earlier or later. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website contains a map of all current hardiness zones, a useful guide when choosing plants. If you are still uncertain of where you would fall in, please do not hesitate to call one of our professionals.