HELP - are perennials still okay if frozen in pots?
Been sick. Left potted perennials out in freezing weather. Dirt in pots is frozen hard now and a Coral Bells looks wilted. Are they all still worth planting? They're just sitting there in my new bed, waiting.
Here's what I have that I'm most concerned with (in 1/2 gal. pots):
`Russian Sage (Salvia Rusa)
`Palace Purple Coral Bells (Palacio Campanas de Coral Moradas)
`Walkers' Low Catmint (Paseantes Catmint Banjo)
`Coreopsis (??? nameless, got on clearance)
And in 3" pots:
`Lemon Balm (Melissa Officianlis)
`Lavendar (don't know what kind - pic looks bushy with shorter flowers)
When I just went out to get tags I felt them and some top dirt is thawing, but pots are still hard. Should I try to thaw them in the sun or let they stay frozen? (Dumb question but didn't know if shock between frozen and defrosted would hurt them?)
Also, I made mistake (??) of watering Coral Bells this a.m. because I thought dirt was dried out -- until I felt it and realized it was frozen. Will that hurt it? Most water ran straight thru, tho.
Just FYI, weather calls for even lower temps and possible snow by end of week if that has any bearing on your answer.
Also, if I can't get to them for a couple days, how should I protect them in the meantime?
Please realize my panic comes from being in Zone 7b and not used to really frozen ground so don't know if roots freeze this hard when in ground....duhhhh???
To summarize....have I killed my plants and if not, can they stay in pots somehow until I have time to plant them? Our ground will probably thaw in a week or so. Our weather fluctuates 10 to 20 degrees at times.
HELP ASAP !!
Bonnie aka brit5467