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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).

Gardening in August

Customer Photo of Bearded IrisAlthough August can bring the last few weeks of sunshine and warmth for some of us, it is also a crucial planting month for gardeners across the country. August is one of the best times to plant Bearded Iris to establish them before the colder months and bloom that coming spring. August is also the time to plant Fall-Flowering Crocus for gorgeous, late color in your garden when most other plants have faded.

Planting Bearded Iris in August

Bearded Iris are planted as rhizomes in August and their tops should be exposed when planted. Planting the rhizomes in August will let the Iris become established before the winter and will give you blooms that spring. You will also most likely get two seasons of flowers in your first year for the re-blooming Bearded Irises if planted in August.This August, try planting Re-Bloomers Sugar Blues, Hemstitched, Immortality, Pink Attraction, Cloud Ballet, Pure as Gold, Mariposa Skies, Orange Harvest, and Mother Earth. Other stunning varieties include elegant bi-color yellow and purple Edith Wolford, deep purple Batik, ruffled Red Hawk, Apricot and purple-edged Parisian Dawn, pale lavender and deep purple Brazilian Holiday, and almost-black Badlands. Bearded Iris are loved by gardeners for their easiness to grow, long bloom time and the fact that they multiply each year. Plant a few varieties this August for gorgeous, long-lasting blooms come spring!

Fall-Flowering Crocus

Colchicum Water LilyFall-Flowering Crocus have unique, lovely blooms, will grow and produce flowers in just weeks, and can be planted either in the garden or in pots. Saffron Crocus is one of most famous fall-flowering crocus for its red stamens that can be picked and dried to cook with (Learn how to do so in our blog “Saffron Crocus: Delightful and Delicious"). Purchase the bulbs to grow in your own garden or try our Saffron Crocus kit for indoor growing or to give as a thoughtful gift to a friend. Colchicum Bulbs Giant, Autumn White, and Water Lily boast unique, quick-blooming flowers that will delight either in the garden or in a patio pot. Plant our Fall Blooming Crocus Bulbs Mix or White Autumn Crocus for quick, stunning white and purple color.

Customer Photo of Bearded IrisAlthough August is one of the warmest months of the year, it is also a great time to plant these two favorite plant categories. This August, create an excuse to get in the garden before a nice swim by starting your Bearded Iris and planting Fall-Flowering Crocus for quick, gorgeous blooms.

Happy Gardening!

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