Each year I buy several ‘beyond zone’ herb plants to have in pots. I love the addition of exotic scents and textures. The curry plant above has exquisite detailed gray-green leaves in a petite shrub form. Last winter I expected this curry plant to be a casualty. It was left in its 9” pot on the back patio amongst a few other pots of annuals – I often leave frost proof pots as-is for winter interest. Over the season as I shoveled droves of snow, much was piled on top of those pots. The curry plant is hardy to zone 8 or 9 (versus my zone 5), yet to my sheer delight it started to grow up fresh last spring and had another successful summer. Apparently piled snow was the deep, protective layer this plant needed. Of course it was about 6 feet plus of snow, so that is quite the blanket! Little accidents will teach and thrill you in the garden. This year I am purposefully reenacting the scenario to see if I can orchestrate the same results!