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How to Shop Perennials for my Zone


It is easy to take garden planning to extremes and make selections that are unlike anything else seen in the neighborhood. The problem is that their limited gardens may not be the result of a lack of imagination, but because of the plant hardiness zone.

Understand Plant Zones

Hardiness zones are based on the climate averages in specific geographical areas. The areas were assigned by the United States Department of Agriculture and plants were listed according to the zones where they thrive. A perennial zone allows people to know where they can expect their perennials to blossom year after year rather than acting as an annual. Shoppers that need help should know that a Tn Nursery has a perennial zone finder that will allow you to choose plants perfect for your zone.

Choose Other Alternatives

Gardeners have options if they decide they must have a plant that does not match their home zone. As mentioned earlier, they can also choose to replant the species each year as they would an annual. Another option is to remove the plant and shelter it during the winter for spring replanting. The removal and replanting must be performed at the right time for success, so gardeners should take the time to understand the needs of their plants.

Know the Limits

Zoning does not account for every factor in plant survival. The chart lists the survivability of items based on temperatures. Snow cover, annual precipitation, and many other factors play a role too. Always ask questions of any greenhouse or supplier to be sure the chosen blooms and shrubs will survive the conditions of the area.

Sometimes the most accurate planning method is to understand zones before choosing any plants. This is why a Tn Nursery has a perennial zone finder that will allow you to select plants perfect for your zone. Talk to an expert to know what will survive in a specific region and design around those options.