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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).

A Beautiful Quick Fix After Construction

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Northeastern Wildflowers
Wildflowers in all their Fall Glory. By September and October, the Maddelena’s wildflower meadow was spectacular with wild cosmos and plains coreopsis in the foreground. These are the flowers that provided so many big beautiful arrangements.
Northeastern Wildflowers
Earlier the same summer. Here is a section of the meadow in late summer, showing the cosmos growing up along with plains coreopsis, black-eyed susans, and others.
Northeastern Wildflowers
Wildflower welcome at the driveway. Another view of the fall meadow, showing how they enhanced the property entrance.

Dear American Meadows:

In spring, 2006, we did a major renovation of our home, which is on 4 acres. We were left with a large area of dirt after the builders had graded the property. It was a mess and totally barren.

I decided to try a quick fix since there was no budget for landscaping after the build out!

I planted about 4 bags of your NorthEast Annual Mix in April and waited. It looked like a moonscape until June when things started to percolate. It was so much fun to wake up every morning to see what was new and exciting. The birds were attracted in a big way too!

We had people slowing down in their cars to take a look all summer long and I had a constant supply of cuttings for my flower vases. It was probably the biggest bang for my gardening buck that I ever had.

....Ronnie Maddelena, Roxbury, CT

At American Meadows, we really thank the Maddelena Family in CT for sharing their story and photos. Whether it’s a new septic system, renovations, or a whole new home, when your property undergoes disruption, it’s a great time to install a wildflower meadow. The old growth is already removed, so with just minor preparation, you’re ready for seeding.

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