Zone 7-8 Winter Hardy Plants

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  1. sandyz3girlz

    sandyz3girlz New Seed

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    I live right smack in the middle of zones 7 & 8 - we have only lived here 1 year (lived in SW Florida my whole life) so I am trying to learn what snow and ice does to flowers you spend hours planting!!! :-D Last winter the only thing that survived the winter here (1 snow, couple ice storms) were Pansies - does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I could plant with them? Like I said earlier, I am a Florida girl - use to bright beautiful colors - the pansies are great and at least gave me some color through winter but I would really like some other things as well if there are any!!! Thanks so much for any suggestions!!!
     



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  2. zuzu's petals

    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat

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    Hi Sandy,
    I'm a native Floridian too,
    but I've been living and gardening in zone 8 N.C. for the last 20 yrs.
    When the fall and winter comes, I would NOT want to be without Camellias!

    The fall-blooming Sasanquas will begin to flower in mid-October
    and put on a great show for about 4-6 weeks, often still flowering well past Thanksgiving.

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    I also love the "Encore" Azaleas which bloom in the spring,
    but ALSO bloom again in the fall.

    This picture was taken in Mid-November,
    My largest Camellia sasanqua (more than 30 feet across)
    with "Encore" Azaleas flowering beneath.

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    Then the showier Japonicas will begin to open sometime in late Feb.
    continuing for several months, depending on the variety.

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    That leaves me with a shorter "low-flower" span of time
    :roll: which I can just about manage to live through,
    with the help of pansies, snapdragons, potted Amaryllis
    :D and my precious glasshouse.

    Oh, and the Camellias are beautiful evergreen shrubs, which helps, too.
     
  3. sandyz3girlz

    sandyz3girlz New Seed

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    ZUZU - Wow!!! Thanks for all that! I just printed that out and will begin my hunt for some of these this weekend!! Thanks again!!! WOOO HOOO!!!
     
  4. zuzu's petals

    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat

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    You're very welcome :D -
    I'm sure that you'll get some other wonderful ideas from the great gardeners here.
    I'll be watching this thread for more ideas as well, because like you,
    just the thought of a day without flowers gives me the heebie-jeebies!! [​IMG]
     
  5. stratsmom

    stratsmom Flower Fanatic

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    What a show off!! :D Those are gorgeous!! Poor little old me, out here in Southern Oregon will not see a flower for MONTHS as soon as the bad weather hits. It even gets too cold for pansys and mums. Not much grows under the snow :roll: But, we always have Amaryllis and my geraniums that I bring into my office windows.
    Deanna
    :-D