Common fig (Ficus carica) is easy to grow and produces incredibly tasty fruits, yet few Granite State gardeners cultivate it because it can’t reliably survive New Hampshire winters. Native to western Asia and southeastern Europe, figs grow well in USDA Zones 7-10. In Zone 6, plants will usually experience significant dieback in cold winters, which means that figs can’t be grown outdoors reliably anywhere in New Hampshire. However, they can be successfully grown in containers, taking harsh weather out of the equation.
Annual flowers are often incorporated into gardens for their quick growth and colorful, season-long blooms. Some species are especially attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, making them great additions to the landscapes of those looking to enhance foraging habitat for these creatures.