When selecting plants for the landscape, is important to select
plants that will grow in your climate. The United States has 10
of growing or climate zones. These zones range from the zone 1
in the extreme northern part of United States, to zone 10,
which covers the southernmost part. Zone 1, is for the most
hardiest of cold weather plants. Temperatures in zone 1 can
reach 50 degrees below 0. Zone 10 on the other hand, is is a
more tropical climate. Zone 10 plants only need to worry about
cold temperatures of 30 to 40 degrees.
Your local nursery or garden center should have plants that are
appropriate for your climate zone. However, if you are buying
your seeds or plants over the Internet, or through a
catalog, you need to know which climate zone you live in. For
example southern Florida, extreme southern Texas, and parts of
California, are in Zone 10. the rest of Florida, parts of
Louisiana, Texas, and much of California, or in zone 9. Zone 8
covers much of the Southeast from eastern Virginia through the
Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and much of
Texas. Zone 7 covers an area a little farther north than Zone 8.
states in June 7th include Delaware, Maryland, Virginia,
Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, in parts of Texas. Zones 5 and 6
cover much of the middle part of United States from the New
England states through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio,
Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, and even much of
the desert Southwest, including Nevada. Zone 4 is somewhat
colder climates include states such as Maine, Vermont, New
Hampshire, northern New York State, the Wisconsin, South Dakota,
states in the Rocky Mountains, in Montana. Zone 3 includes the
cold states such as northern mean, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Zones 1and 2 are mostly found in Canada.
Average minimum temperatures for each zone Zone 1: below minus
50 degrees Zone to:-50 degrees to minus 40 degrees Zone 3:-40
degrees to minus 30 degrees Zone for:-30 degrees to -23 is Zone
5-20 degrees to minus 10 degrees Zone 6:-10 degrees to 0 degrees
Zone 7:0 degrees to 10 degrees Zone 8:10 degrees to 20 degrees
Zone 9:20 degrees to 30 degrees Zone 10:30 degrees to 40 degrees.
Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to find a variety
of plants that will thrive in your climate zone. And if you are
in doubt, talk to your local garden center. The experts there
should be able to steer you in the right direction.