Garden Champions-Survivors Of The Texas Freeze of 2021 - Texas Tough Plants... Why I Love Perennials

So, What is the difference between annual and perennial plants?

This is a common question and the terms sometimes cause confusion for new gardeners.

The easy answer is that annuals don't come back, but perennials do.

Plants that flower and die in one season are annuals—although many will drop seeds that you can collect (or leave) to grow new plants in the spring. Annuals will also generally bloom all season until frost, so you get a profusion of color and showy blooms.

Perennials, on the other hand, come back for many seasons.

 While the top portion of a perennial dies back in winter ( it is common for many perennials to remain green in our normally mild winters), new growth appears the following spring from the same root system. 

Garden Champions-Survivors of the Texas Freeze of 2021

I have put together a list of Texas Tough perennials and shrubs in my home garden and Kingwood neighborhood that endured the unprecedented winter storm and came out with 5 stars.

Note: The plants listed were fully exposed to the ice and snow and not covered with frost cloth

Daylilies- Many Varieties

Roses- Drift, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Climbing Roses, Earth Kind and several others

Rudbeckia- Goldstrum  “Black-eyed Susan” 

Salvias- several varieties including May Night, Black & Bloom, Greggii , Mystic Spires and several others.

Verbena- several varieties including Homestead Purple, Endurascape, Superbena and several others

Coreopsis- several varieties including Uptick, Early Sunrise and several other cultivars

Purple Coneflower- Native, Pow Wow Wild Berry and other varieties

Heuchera- Coral Bells

Hosta- Several Varieties

Ferns- Autumn, Holly, Southern Wood, Brake Fern among others

Ajuga- “Carpet Bugle” Several Varieties


Agapanthus- Lily of the Nile

Abelia- Kaleidoscope, Twist of Lime and other varieties

Loropetelum- Many Varieties

Louisiana Irises

Clematis- Several Varieties 

Altheas- Rose of Sharon

Sedum- Several Varieties

Blue Eyed Grass

St. Bernards Lily

Special Award: Cilantro. Wow. This plant was planted from seed and left fully exposed to the elements. It is beautiful and super tasty.

The jury is still out on many plants such as hibiscus, citrus, ornamental gingers, bottlebrush and other Texas garden staples. Time will tell.....

Why Include Native Plants In Your Garden?

Native plants are often overlooked in home gardening. Incorporating them into your landscape could mean less work to keep your yard looking spectacular, plus you’ll simultaneously support the local environment and wildlife.

Native plants are well-adapted to their local surroundings, resulting in numerous benefits.


  • Natives are resilient! They tolerate and resist local diseases, pests, and lack of water.
  • Their long roots systems help to protect the surrounding soil.
  • Native plants help protect water quality in the community by controlling soil erosion.
  • Fewer fertilizers and pesticides are required to keep natives healthy.
  • Since native plants are drought tolerant, they help conserve valuable water.
  • Thanks to their durability, native plants live longer and can withstand the harsh weather conditions of southeast Texas.
  • Natives provide food and shelter for local wildlife, including birds and butterflies.
  • Planting natives preserves the natural heritage of Texas to share with future generations.
  • Conservation of local plants could lead to more medicinal discoveries.
  • Last, but not least, native plants are beautiful!

Happy Spring, Happy Gardening....

Diane Bulanowski, Garden Manager & Buyer

The Beehive Boutique & Garden