When can I plant Aubrieta in Zone 8b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's possible to figure out when it's the best time to plant aubrieta by reviewing the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Aubrieta

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

You can plant aubrieta a little bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant aubrieta in Zone 8b 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 aubrieta and expect a good harvest is probably September. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your aubrieta may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your aubrieta indoors is a great way to get them started a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 8b the average date of last frost happens on March 15. It might get as low as 15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 8b and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 8b it frosts late in the year after March 15 so be sure to be ready to cover your aubrieta in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 8b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 8b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)March 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)November 15
Lowest Expected Low15°F
Highest Expected Low20°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 20°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 8b

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