What's Your Garden Zone?
Knowing your garden zone number is vital to your success as a gardener.
It is a number between 1 and 11. You don't get to pick your own number.
What Zone Are You In?
The easiest way to find your Zone is to use this handy tool:
When I type in my zip code a hardiness zone of 5-6 is displayed.
This means that plants, trees and shrubs labeled hardy for zones 5 or 6 will do very well in my garden.
Plants labeled with a 5 or less will do fine in my yard.
How accurate are the numbers?
Zone maps are based on average minimum temperatures for a region. Since winter temperatures change every year the numbers are a general guide.
Every yard has micro-climates which can effect plant survival.
What do I do with my zone number?When looking through plant catalogs you will see zone numbers listed along with the plant description. Pick only plants that match your garden zone.
As you gain more experience gardening you can pick plants from other zones to experiment with.
Here is a copy of the actual USDA Plant Hardiness Garden Zone Map.
My FavoriteGardenia It's not hardy in my zone. I do buy the plant every couple of years to grow as an annual in my garden. I love the sweet smell of the flower.
I did manage to overwinter one gardenia indoors but it was a struggle keeping the spider mites off of it.
Garden QuoteI consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself.
- Sir Peter Smithers
A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle