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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).

Most Beautiful Septic Area in Connecticut

Dear American Meadows:

Wildflowers over Septic
Wildflowers over Septic

I really enjoyed the Member's Meadows section of your website, and thought I'd send along some pictures of my own.

Last summer was the third season of our meadow. My husband is not big on mowing, so instead of planting grass over our septic area with very rocky soil, he suggested we install a meadow. Preparation of the site was a bit of work, as we live in an area with very rocky soil, but what a beautiful show it has rewarded us with every year since!

I just love the masses of color as the daisies give way to black-eyed Susans, all punctuated by Sweet William in every color combination imaginable.

Thank you -- we are glad to have found you.

Donna Leedham
True Miller

Photo Note: These photos show the progression of wild perennials from the white daisies of early summer to Lanceleaf Coreopsis and Black-eyed Susans for mid-summer. The lower photo shows the same in a wider view with Sweet William in deep red, pink and other shades. Ms. Leedham planted our Northeast Mix, and after a first year of annuals, enjoys this more permanent progression of perennials.

Thank you, Donna, for sharing your photos. For years, we've recommended planting wildflowers when you have work done on a septic system or other lawn areas. It's a great chance to put in the flowers when the ground is already bare. Of course, a septic system is great as an underground watering source for the flowers, too. And unlike shrubs and trees, the roots of the wildflowers never grow deep enough to interfere with the underground plumbing.

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