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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
Find your Plant Hardiness Zone here.

Create a Big Splash of Color in Your Garden

As fall planting approaches quickly, many of us are planning on adding new garden beds or filling in existing ones that may need extra color. I wanted to share an extremely simply garden tip with you that can go a long way: Limit your plant selections!

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In the garden, a little bit of everything doesn’t always have as much impact as a wealth of a few well-chosen plants. Choose several reliable perennials that you know will grow in your area and repeat the plant combinations to set the overall tone for your garden. Love the early color Peonies bring to the spring garden? Instead of planting 1 or 3 plants, try planting 9 for a dramatic effect. Love the way Butterfly Bushes attract pollinators to the garden? Try planting 3-5 in one area for a show-stopping look.

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As you're planning for fall planting, remember also to think about seasonal blooming – Spring-Blooming Bulbs, Columbines, Peonies, and Bleeding Hearts all offer gorgeous spring blooms. Daylilies, Butterfly Bushes, Astilbe, and other Lilies provide fabulous summer color. Hydrangea, Sedum, and Echinacea provide late summer and fall blooms in the garden.

Do you have any photos of your garden design that you’d like to share? Please head over to our Facebook Page to connect with over 120,000 other gardeners. Happy Gardening!

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