Eggplant is one of the vegetables you can grow in your garden but is very sensitive to cold. When deciding to grow eggplants, remember that they are similar to peppers. They should be planted after the chance of any sort of frost. Otherwise, growing eggplant will be impossible as the frost destroys them. Eggplant, or aubergine as it is called in France, is a vegetable long prized for its beauty as well as its unique taste and texture. Eggplants belong to the plant family of Solanaceae, also commonly known as nightshades, and are kin to the tomato, bell pepper and potato. Eggplants grow in a manner much like tomatoes, hanging from the vines of a plant that grows several feet in height.