When can I plant Fountain Grass in Zone 8b

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out 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 fountain grass is to check out the USDA zone info for Zone 8b.


Planting Calendar for Fountain Grass

Frost tolerance for fountain grass: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Fountain Grass do well in some cold which tells us that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant fountain grass
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant fountain grass
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The earliest that you can plant fountain grass in Zone 8b is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant fountain grass and expect a good harvest is probably August. Any later than that and your fountain grass may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your fountain grass indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is March 15 in Zone 8b. It might get as low as 15°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 8b is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 8b we get surprised by a frost after March 15 be ready to cover your fountain grass 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.