When can I plant Helianthemum in Evanston, IL

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A way of figuring out when it's the best time to plant helianthemum is to use the USDA zone info for Evanston.


Planting Calendar for Helianthemum

Frost tolerance for helianthemum: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Helianthemum do ok in some cold which tells us that you can plant them a little earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant helianthemum
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant helianthemum
Probably not a good time to plant helianthemum

The earliest that you can plant helianthemum in Evanston is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant helianthemum and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your helianthemum may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your helianthemum indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Evanston. It might get as low as -15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston is just an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to protect your helianthemum in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Evanston

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Evanston

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Evanston.