Planting for Your Zone

6-121013-bkst-1166Many people take gardening as a project for only the summer and the spring. One may be tempted to tend his attention elsewhere and reluctantly allow his beloved flower beds and plots to sleep, waiting for the ground to warm up again. There are many things you can do during the winter and fall to prepare for the next season and continue planting. Here are some tips for planting for your zone.

Know Your Zone

It is the first step to ensuring you have cold and hot season gardening projects. Knowing your zone helps you approximate the expected date of frost or high temperatures in your area. There are many sources that you may use to know your zone.

Mulch

Mulching makes your garden look nice and blocks weeds from growing. It keeps the soil moist and warm which is useful for keeping the decomposing organic matter, perennials and annuals from going dormant or drying. Healthy mulch goes a long way in preventing bulbs and roots from accumulating frost during the fall. Mulch is effective throughout the year since it prevents water loss during the hot and cold seasons.

Cold Hardy Plants

Cool-season and landscaping species tolerate intense cold in North America. They can survive the winter in more frigid areas such as zones 1 and 2 which are coldest zones in the United States.

Cold Hardy Perennials: Darkest Of All is cold hardy to zone 2. It is perennial and  suitable for borders. It blooms between July and August, growing to over 24 inches.

  •   Hollyhock Cultivar Nigra: It grows to 8 feet and survives the winter in zone 2.
  •   Hardy Jasmine: It is also called January jasmine and blooms through the winter. It needs cold freezing temperatures to thrive fully. 

Heat Tolerant Plants

The hot summer days can easily make your garden more gorgeous when plants are chosen properly. It is important to know their cold limit and determine whether they are perennial or annual to prevent turning your garden into a mess. There is a wide selection of plants which are perennial and adapted to thrive in hot summers. They include Cosmos, Chinese Wisteria, Bougainvillea,Lantana, and the Mexican sunflower.