US Climate zones
There are thousands of plant varieties that will grow for U.S.gardeners but not all plants will thrive in all areas of our vast country. Some plants need to freeze during the winter in order to bloom come spring, while others will not survive such cold temperatures. Plant hardiness ratings and climate zones were developed by the USDA to help gardeners to make informed decisions about what to plant in their garden.
Just type your Zip Code to learn your climate zone.
With this information, look for plants that are hardy in your climate. So, if you garden in zone 6, plants with hardiness ratings that include zone 6 (zones 3-8 or zones 6-10, etc.) should thrive in your climate year round.
To learn more about plant hardiness, understanding your climate zone, and ways to enjoy plants that are not hardy in your zone, click here for more information.
Note: Zones are sometimes subdivided into a colder half (a) and a warmer half (b): for example 5a or 7b