Frost in the garden
When planning your garden for the year, it is important to consider the climate where you live, and when plants will do well in your garden. This means you can make a plan to ensure your garden looks great throughout the seasons wherever you are.
Generally, Proven Winners assumes the Spring Fling season is from February to Mid-April, the Summer Livin' season is from Mid-April to August, and the Autumn Magic season is from September to November.
This also all depends on when your area has its first and last frost. You can't plant any annual plants until after the last frost, and any plants that aren't hardy will die when the first autumn/winter frost arrives.
The time between the last frost before spring and the first frost of winter is often referred to as The Growing Season. This time can vary greatly throughout the UK, for example in the far south in Cornwall this could be from March to December, whereas in the far north in Scotland this could be from June to September.
Having a good understanding of the seasons in your local area will really help you understand what to plant in your garden and when it will look its best.
One more thing to remember is that in the UK, the weather is unpredictable. It is a good idea to check the weather forecast each week to see when the temperature is going to drop below 0°C in your area, especially if you would like to bring any tender perennials under cover for the winter.
The Last Frost Before Spring
Check the map to see roughly when you will have your last frost in your local area before spring.
You can estimate your growing season by measuring the time between the last frost of spring and the first frost of autumn/winter shown below.
The First Frost of Autumn
Check the map to see roughly when you will have your first frost in autumn/winter in your locality.
Remember! It is a good idea to check the weather forecast each week to see when the temperature is going to drop below 0°C in your area.
These maps are only a rough guide.