Grapes grow really well all over the US! Lots and lots of them around the Great Lakes too. If you drive along the south side of lake Erie towards Buffalo NY, there are miles and miles and miles of them!
Ohio and PA have some decent vineyards and my grapes here in western PA grow really well.
I had fig trees when I lived in the Carolinas and I had one here too (hardy to zone 5) but didn’t plant it at the right time…ooops it died.
I put in 4 red Hollyhocks for the first time and will see how they do.
The lilac are blooming and I put in three new climbing roses. I’m hoping to shade the house in summer because it gets blazing hot in the house with no shade trees near. (working on that too)
The roses are-
Joseph’s Coat (starts yellow, turns orange, then finished bright red)
Rhode Island Red (red..just like the chicken….lol)
CL Blaze -red
Still to put in is a Pink Peace- it’s a dark deep pink hybrid tea rose.
When I moved here there was some huge monster pink rose the size of a bus that was 50 years old. It was in the wrong place, so I took cuttings and replanted them elsewhere before I ripped it out.
It’s some special limited presidential “so and so” (forget) antique thing that made despise roses for a while because the thorns are bigger than shark’s teeth and sharper too… but I went shopping with a friend earlier this year and ..... Yep, she bought roses so it was monkey see monkey do.
And….I’m SOOOO excited! My Asian pears arrived and I’m planting them today. (have to..they are bare root plants, all my other fruit trees are in pots)
Oh Fly… I’m sorry about the cold damage. That sucks!
But, your place is gorgeous!!!