When can I plant Periwinkles in Zone 8a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant periwinkles in Zone 8a can be determined by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Periwinkles

Frost tolerance for periwinkles: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

Periwinkles do not do well in cold weather which means that you have to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant periwinkles in Zone 8a is April. However, you really should wait until May if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant periwinkles and expect a good harvest is probably August. If you wait any later than that and your periwinkles may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your periwinkles indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8a. We should expect an average low temperature of 10°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 8a is an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8a we get a frost after March 15 be ready to protect your periwinkles if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low10°F
Highest Expected Low15°F

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

Plants to Grow in Zone 8a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 8a.