What plants can survive the winter?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Mike in North Carolina: There are many plants that will survive the winter, it just depends on what you are looking for. According to the USDA hardiness zone map, Winston-Salem is zone 7, which means plants that are labeled zone 7 can handle winter temperatures to 0 degrees F. There are always exceptions but most trees and shrubs, both evergreen and deciduous, sold at the garden centers in your area will survive the winter. All perennials, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers for your zone will survive the winter; they may die back to the ground but will emerge again in the spring. As a general rule all plants that are not considered annuals or tropical for your gardening zone will survive the winter temperatures. Most tropicals can be over-wintered indoors but annuals are better off planted once a year. It is hard to give you specific plant choices not knowing what you are after, but if you want to send more detailed information in terms of what you are looking for I will be happy to suggest some options.