Daniel, what varieties of figs do you have in the ground? I see we're in the same zone 7b.
We've tried several varieties of figs in the ground but they usually only make it two years and then don't come back after the cold winters. Yes, even here in this part of Texas, we have too many days below freezing! My dh LOVES figs and wants the trees in the ground (he says in pots they just won't produce enough fruit). Plus, we have too many plants to bring in over winter as it is. Currently have two Brown Turkey fig trees in the ground, second year they came back from the root. Very few fruits are just now starting to show.
Or maybe you have some favorites that you keep in pots? That's a good idea, how you keep them up against the house in winter.
Thanks for your imput.
I saw the Chicago Hardy and another variety in the Logee's catalog recently.