Dan Gill

Host of Bayou Garden

Dan is an Associate Professor in Consumer Horticulture with the LSU AgCenter. He is the spokesperson for the LSU AgCenter’s "Get It Growing project," an effort encouraging home horticulture throughout Louisiana. Dan is also author of "Month-by-Month Gardening in Louisiana" and co-author of the "Louisiana Gardener’s Guide."

LSU AgCenter

Colder weather is coming this week. As always, whenever the first cold snap hits in this season, gardeners panic just a little bit.

Remember that this will not be a hard freeze.

Temperatures below 30 degrees are a hard freeze and cause a lot of damage to tender plants. However, these temperatures we're expecting aren't going to cause a great deal of damage, so relax a bit.


LSU AgCenter

Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios, porches, and in courtyards. They provide color and beauty through the summer season.

These plants thrive in the outdoor conditions, but since they can't withstand freezing temperatures, we have to protect them over the winter.

You may move them inside on freezing nights as needed, or you may choose to bring them inside for the entirety of the season.


LSU AgCenter

Flower beds in our landscapes can stay colorful and attractive here. We put up with a ridiculously long and hot summer season, but we're compensated for this with a relatively mild winter.

Because our winters are so mild, we can plant colorful blooming bedding plants that will bloom from fall, through the winter, and into spring.


LSU AgCenter

These days we're used to the instant gratification of planting blooming bedding plants for immediate color in our landscapes.

But if you want spring flowering bulbs to brighten your gardens this spring, this simply won't work. You must plant the bulbs that will bloom this spring some time this fall.


Dan Gill

November thru February is the prime planting season for hearty trees, shrubs, ground covers, and vines in Louisiana.

So now is a time to assess your landscaping situation and make plans for what you might want to do.

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