Texas weather can be very unpredictable. However the first weekend of March is typically the last chance for freezing temperatures and annual plants can be planted after that.
At the time of this writing we have not had a killing freeze in King William although officially the City has had a couple of below freezing nights. As I said in last month's newsletter, plants that would normally freeze back to ground level should be cut back to about 6 inches high. This may be hard to do especially if some still have blooms. If not cut back they can become too large for their space and can become unsightly as stems near the ground become bare with new growth only at the top.
Carolina jessamine vines are now blooming with their bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers. It is a trouble free, drought tolerant, evergreen, spring blooming vine that can grow to a length of 10 feet or more. They are not a "clinging" vine and have to be trained on the fence or trellis on which they are planted. This is now the time to find them in local nurseries. Because it a spring bloomer, Carolina jessamine can be planted in areas that may become shady as trees begin to leaf out later in the season.