On FineGardening.com, there are two methods to get a way of what vegetation can survive the place: zones and areas.
The under map showcases how Wonderful Gardening divides up the areas of North America. This isn’t to be confused with “zones.” A “zone” in gardening refers back to the USDA Hardiness Zones, the usual by which nurseries and growers categorize their vegetation to point if a plant is hardy sufficient to outlive in that particular zonal local weather. “Zone” refers to an space’s anticipated minimal common temperature. Larger-numbered zones keep hotter year-round than lower-numbered zones, the place winter could be anticipated to be harsh.
Regardless of this, there could be some uncommon overlap amongst zones. For instance, Kingston, New York, is categorized as Zone 6a, however so are elements of Denver, Colorado. Regardless of the similarities in lowest common temperature in these areas, anybody might acknowledge that there are vegetation that can thrive in Kingston that wouldn’t benefit from the arid mountain air of Denver.
Because of this, Wonderful Gardening has discovered it extra helpful to categorize our plant suggestions into areas moderately than zones. That is prudent in addition to helpful, as a plant that grows naturally in a single space of the nation may very well be invasive in one other half. The place doable, we now have included “invasive alerts” in our articles and plant suggestions to make sure that gardeners could make knowledgeable selections. That stated, laws and greatest practices change, so it’s all the time good to double-check your state’s checklist of invasive species earlier than committing to a plant you’re not sure of.
Discover your area above, after which go to your “My Area” web page to seek out plant suggestions, ideas, and concepts. To seek out out what zone you’re in, go to the USDA Hardiness Zone locator software.
Which areas do you cowl? What area am I in?
The 13 areas that Wonderful Gardening covers are sketched out on the map. As you may see, a few of these areas are very massive, and a few of them overlap. The boundaries between areas are probably even fuzzier than proven right here, and so they don’t essentially comply with state traces. We all know that rising circumstances and soils can differ fairly a bit inside a area, however our regional authors attempt to discover vegetation that can work effectively for as many gardeners as doable of their space.
Why wasn’t my area coated on this situation?
Reader surveys constantly point out that seven regional pages per situation is simply the correct quantity—six pages aren’t sufficient, and eight could be too many. Clearly, which means we will’t cowl each area in each situation. We attempt to rotate via them so that every area is roofed not less than a few occasions per yr.
I learn the entire regional pages, not simply my very own.
Gardeners like to peek over one another’s fences to see what’s rising, and the regional pages have the identical attraction. It’s enjoyable to see what folks on the opposite facet of the nation can “get away with,” and it’s all the time worthwhile to take a look at the suggestions for areas with an analogous rising season to yours. For instance, vegetation advisable for the Northeast might also be good selections for the Mid-Atlantic or Midwest. So go forward—learn the entire part, and get to know some nice vegetation!
Gardeners from coastal Alaska will discover that the Northwest regional web page could tackle a few of their gardening considerations. Sadly, we don’t cowl areas exterior of North America. We apologize to gardeners from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and different tropical climates. Nonetheless, info on pruning, caring for houseplants, upkeep, and different generalized gardening duties unrelated to area applies to all gardens, and we invite you to peruse at your leisure.