Cold-sensitive plants

The unexpected snowfall on Dec. 8, 2017, was a harbinger of more unexpected winter conditions. Temperatures dipped low enough and for long enough to exact a toll on cold-sensitive landscape plants in Galveston County.

Editor’s note: Longtime Daily News gardening columnist William M. Johnson died last week. In light of this week’s frigid weather, a reader asked if we could republish a column Johnson wrote after another hard freeze in 2018. We thought that would be both a service to readers and a fitting final tribute to our esteemed colleague. We think he would have approved. So here it is.

When did our landscapes move north? Are we not situated on the balmy Gulf Coast of Texas? Should our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map rating be changed?

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