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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