University of Maryland Extension

Storm Damage - Annuals, Bulbs, Groundcovers, Perennials, and Vines

hail damaged hosta
Hosta leaves damaged in a hail storm

Storms with strong winds, hail or heavy rains may knock over and flatten flowering plants or herbs during the growing season. To prevent damage during sudden storms, determine which garden plants require or benefit from staking and do so early in the growing season.

Occasionally plants that normally do not require staking are damaged during strong storms. Hail may shred or tear holes in leaves. Strong winds can uproot or knock plants over and cause bent or broken stems. To repair the damage, replant the plants by covering exposed roots and firmly tamping the soil around plants. Prune off broken stems and stake plants temporarily to aid in recovery and reestablishment of roots.

daisy with broken stem
Storm damaged daisy

wind and rain damaged sedum
Storm damaged sedum

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