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Frost Hardy Plants

Frost-tolerant plants will survive a day or two of frost and temperatures down to -5C. They might look a bit sad and frost-bitten afterwards but they'll grow ok once it gets warmer. Frost-hardy plants will survive several days of frost and snow, and temperatures down to -10C, and they'll come out looking fine. If you live in Canberra, inland Victoria / New South Wales, or at altitude, try frost hardy plants like these.

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  1. Acanthus mollis - oyster plant

    Acanthus mollis - oyster plant

    Evergreen architectural foliage plant, low growing, cold tolerant, tall flowers in summer. Suited to pots, borders and mass planting. Grows well in most parts of Australia.

    Foliage image: Dinkum (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons Cropped to size
    ; Plant image: Tatters via Flickr Cropped to size
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  2. Agapanthus Purple Cloud

    Agapanthus Purple Cloud

    Stunning purple flowers on tall flower spikes. Great for mass plantings and flowering colour through summer. Hardy and low maintenance. Purple Cloud is a larger sized agapanthus to 1.5m high and wide.

    image: Katriona McCarthy via Flickr cropped to size.

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  3. Banksia spinulosa - hairpin banksia

    Banksia spinulosa - hairpin banksia

    Large shrub or small tree with rich golden orange flowers, loved by native wildlife. Prefers sandy or clay soils, happy in tropical or temperate climates. The parent plant of Birthday Candles. Learn More
  4. Buddleia Joan

    Buddleia Joan

    Soft colour harmonises in mixed borders, honey scent attracts beneficial pollinators (and smells great). Why not plant one near fruit trees or your kitchen garden? Cold hardy once established; just give it a good annual chop back to keep it bushy. Learn More
  5. Buddleia White Profusion

    Buddleia White Profusion

    Very cold-hardy, very free flowering, long white flower spikes with honey scent, great butterfly plant and easy to maintain in any sunny free-draining spot. One of the oldest varieties and still one of the best. Learn More

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  6. Buxus Faulkner - Japanese box

    Buxus Faulkner - Japanese box

    Very cold hardy, very popular evergreen dwarf hedging. Dense foliage, wide spreading, ideal for topiary and clipped low hedges, formal gardens and container planting.
    In the third image you can see the leaf difference between the slender harlandii and the rounder Faulkner. Learn More
  7. Buxus harlandii

    Buxus harlandii

    Evergreen hedging plant, slow growing and tolerant of constant pruning. Small leaves and attractive bark. More tolerant of warmer temperatures if grown outside. Yellow/green fragrant flowers in early spring.
    In the third image you can see the difference between the slender harlandii leaf (L) and the round typical box leaf of Faulkner (R)

    By I.Sáček, senior (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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  8. Buxus microphylla - Japanese Box

    Buxus microphylla - Japanese Box

    Faster growing, more heat tolerant than other Buxus. Leaves are a good bright green. Very dense growth too, so ideal for neat hedging and topiary if that's your thing.
    The third image shows the leaf difference between Faulkner (L) and microphylla Japanese box (R). Learn More
  9. Buxus microphylla - Korean Box

    Buxus microphylla - Korean Box

    Very low box hedge with smaller rounded leaves. Foliage turns lime green in full sun so an ideal hedge for shady gardens. Will grow to 1m but maybe not in your lifetime. Can grow 30cm in 3 years so if you're planting out a model village in your back garden this is the one to choose... Learn More
  10. Buxus sempervirens fastigiata - box

    Buxus sempervirens fastigiata - box

    This evergreen box will grow to a tall slender conical tree shrub, or you can prune it to a traditional hedge. Lovely slowgrowing boundary or fence line plant especially in restricted spaces. Learn More
  11. Clematis montana rubens

    Clematis montana rubens

    Frost-hardy spring-flowering fast-growing easy-going climber - if you've got the space, it's got the blooms! Annual pruning will keep this one in check for smaller gardens. Learn More
  12. Fatsia japonica - aralia

    Fatsia japonica - aralia

    Large palm-like, shiny leaves cover this tropical looking, evergreen shrub. Frost hardy when full-grown, despite its exotic appearance. Fantastic indoor plant. Great in shade. In autumn small white flowers appear in rounded clusters, followed by black berry fruits.

    Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

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  13. Hedera helix - ivy

    Hedera helix - ivy

    Fast-growing vigorous evergreen groundcover, self-clinging wall climber, instant topiary plant trained over a framework. Superlative plant for wildlife. Best suited to cooler climates, but it's very robust, so test its heat-tolerance yourself. Learn More
  14. Hydrangea Agnes Pavelli

    Hydrangea Agnes Pavelli

    One of the best white mophead hydrangeas,neat and compact, ideal in mixed borders. Flowers will tint lightly green in deep shade, age to maroon in hot sun. Cold hardy Learn More
  15. Hydrangea Ayesha

    Hydrangea Ayesha

    Ayesha is something special. She has tiny slightly curled petals like little spoons, in mother-of-pearl shades of lilac, blush pink and powder blue. Very unusually for hydrangeas, she also has a light perfume.  Learn More
  16. Hydrangea Fasan

    Hydrangea Fasan

    Warm pink lacecap flowers decorate this shade-loving frost hardy shrub from early summer onwards. Loves a cool spot with plenty of water. In acid soil the flowers may shade to lilac purple. Learn More
  17. Hydrangea Rotschwanz

    Hydrangea Rotschwanz

    Vibrant pink-red lacecap flowers decorate this shade-loving frost hardy shrub from early summer onwards. Loves a cool spot with plenty of water. In acid soil the flowers may shade to magenta-purple. Smaller than Fasan. Learn More
  18. Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

    Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

    Narrow evergreen tidy shrub, ideal in pots and as a hedge or feature plant formal garden settings. A holly without prickles. Learn More
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    Juniper 'All Gold'

    Golden yellow groundcover conifer, use to cascade over retaining walls and in rockeries, or as a bonsai specimen. Works beautifully as an accent plant. Golden form of Juniperus conferta, shore juniper. Learn More
  20. Juniper 'Pyramidalis'

    Juniper 'Pyramidalis'

    Cool silvery-blue foliage, slender shape, ideal for Japanese style gardens, formal setting and pots. Slow-growing to 1.2m. Decorate and use as a live Christmas tree for years to come. Learn More
  21. Juniper conferta - shore juniper

    Juniper conferta - shore juniper

    Easy care groundcover conifer, suited to erosion control on embankments, container planting and bonsai. Ideal for seaside gardens as the name suggests - it grows on sand dunes in its native Japan. Learn More
  22. Liriope Evergreen Giant

    Liriope Evergreen Giant

    You love our liriopes! Great for borders, mass planting, deep ground cover almost anywhere. Happy in shade. Evergreen, compact, dense clumps of strappy foliage, spikes of purple-pink bobbly flowers in summer and purple-blue berries in winter. Also called lilyturf or monkeygrass. Learn More
  23. Liriope Isabella™

    Liriope Isabella™

    Lawn alternative suited to both sun and deep shade locations.
    Perfect for areas which are fully shaded during winter. Cute pink flowers and dark green leaves. Learn More
  24. Liriope Pink Pearl™

    Liriope Pink Pearl™

    Petite neat variegated grass with soft pink flower spikes through summer, perfect for shady borders and dotted through sunny rockeries. Learn More
  25. Lomandra longifolia

    Lomandra longifolia

    Tough as - Easy to see why it's one of your favourites! Better in dry soils and dry climates than hystrix, and more upright. Will grow in almost any climate, soil, location or situation. Use for erosion control, weed suppressing, mass planting, ground cover, feature planting, in pots. Grows to about 1.2m around. Almost zero maintenance, but some fertiliser will help it look its best. Learn More

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