Posts Tagged ‘Hardiness Zone’

I see that on every plant page there is something called Hardiness Zone? What does this mean? ~ Jasmine

You really must know how cold your area gets before you start to choose the plants for your garden. When planting and growing plants it is very important to know what hardiness zone you are in. Your hardiness zone is a geographically-defined area in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by climatic conditions, including its ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone .  A hardiness zone of 1 is a very cold climate where a zone of 9 is in a much warmer climate. So for an example if you live in zone 5, you will want to buy plants that are hardy down to zone 5. Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ for example is hardy in zones 4-9.

When the weather outside starts getting colder, this will tell your plants that it is time to go into dormancy. Dormancy is a natural occurrence and a good thing for most plants. They ‘rest’ for the winter and then when spring arrives and the weather warms up they start to wake up. But there are some plants that do not enjoy the cold weather and are not hardy, they do not like to get cold and frost is really bad. The plant will get real ugly and quite possibly die from being exposed to the temperatures that are below their recommended hardiness zone.

So my best piece of advise is know your hardiness zone!

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Choosing the Right Perennials for Your Location

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There are several factors to consider when choosing perennials for your landscape. The most important consideration is the environment that you will be planting them in. Several environmental factors that may affect the performance of perennials include the amount of sunlight (full sun, partial shade, shade) the site receives, the moisture characteristics of the site (wet or dry), and the temperatures the perennials are going to be exposed to in the garden.

Each perennial performs best when it is planted in its preferred environment. Planting perennials in locations with inadequate conditions will greatly reduce their appearance, performance, and longevity. For example, planting a perennial with a full sun requirement in a location that has full shade will reduce the appearance of the plant, decrease the number of blooms produced, and the flowering will usually be delayed compared to the same perennial planted in a sunny location.

Also consider the USDA Hardiness Zone designation of each perennial before purchasing and planting perennials into your landscape. This provides an indication as to where each perennial is likely to survive the winter months. Use USDA Hardiness Zone recommendations as guidelines as many factors such as the actual snow cover and moisture levels of each site will also affect a plants ability to withstand cold temperatures.

For improved success, choose varieties that are known to perform well in the type of area you desire to plant them in. When planted in a suitable environment, perennials will flourish and provide you with years of relatively maintenance free beauty.

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