Gardening in extreme temperatures

Last year whe hit low temperatures at -21 °C, and as a bloody result most of our plants "burned". Imagine all of my aloe vera plants freezed to death and when touched, they snapped like a piece of pointy ice.

There where a lot of eucalyptus trees in here, those too suffered because of the extreme cold, so a lot of people where chopping down 8 meter logs...

I live in the Texas border line , so the ambient in here is mostly like a dessert. I know a lot of folks live in places where temperatures are more extreme, so, what tip can you give to at least protect plants that store a lot of water (like aloe vera plants)?

Given the region, what kind of plants you recommend to plant in this kind of environment, plants that take lots of sun, little watering.


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Kiteman6 years ago
Rather than put a huge amount of effort into protecting plants that cannot cope with your local climate, why not grow plants that are already adapted?

If you're after a unique garden, choose plants adapted to similar climates from other continents, such as the giant plants of Kenya's alpine zone?
dan_ray (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Can I introduce foreign plants to the counrty? You need a permit to do so, right? or maybe its prohibited.

I'll stick with more local plants.

Thanks for the reply!
Kiteman dan_ray6 years ago
The law about foreign plants varies across the world - in Australia, keeping stuff native is a kind of paranoia, but in the UK most decorative plants started off somewhere else in the world and were brought back for the Empire.

Try a local garden centre?