Winter can be hard on everyone, including your garden. Record snow totals, subzero temperatures and even unseasonably warm days can take a toll on your plants. When the weather finally warms up, you may discover things aren’t looking so great: Perennials look iffy, shrubs have been flattened by heavy snow,and tree limbs are dangling. It’s semi-depressing when what you’re really craving is the beauty of spring bulbs and flowering shrubs.
But don’t give up hope. Plants are resilient, and it’s not always as bad as it looks. “Many plants will recover in time, but you also have to be realistic. We do what we can to protect our gardens from winter, but sometimes nature has its own ideas,” says Sam Schmitz, display garden horticulturalist with Ball Horticultural. “And you actually can learn a lot when something fails.”
Ahead, the most common winter damage in your garden and what you can do about it: