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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

Sex, Power and a Flower

Flowers have been used for almost everything in history, but one of the grand stories is the one of the Hyacinth.  It was always popular, but made world famous at the French Court by none other than the beautiful mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour.  She was a highly educated beauty and always more than a mistress, followed by everyone in her tastes for art, fashion and of course, flowers.  Her No. 1 favorite was the highly-perfumed Dutch Hyacinth, and she was so taken with them she ordered Versailles' vast gardens filled with them in spring, and for the rest of the year, they bloomed in every room of the palace in crystal "hyacinth glasses."   History says she reigned supreme among Louis' many favorites, even after she was older, due to her exquisite taste and charm...and the constant intoxication of the "royal flower's" perfume.  Now every time your see, smell or plant a hyacinth, you'll know you're in good company.

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