Of course, gardeners should only choose plants that thrive in their climate. Without special care, an unsuitable plant will most likely fail to thrive or could die.

But even suitable plants may suffer during cold snaps. Keep an eye on temperatures, especially at night, and cover plants that aren’t cold tolerant. Cold weather also has its benefits. Laborious chores that can overheat a gardener in Florida’s boiling summers can be undertaken with ease in the wintertime.

Rain should also be on a gardener’s radar. If plants don’t get enough water from nature, many of them will need to receive supplemental irrigation.