A growing zone map is important when determining the aquatic plants for garden ponds or other landscaping plants that will "survive the winter" in the climate that you live.
To learn more about caring for your pond in the winter please see our winterizing your pond page.
Knowing your climate zone is critical in planning for a new garden or landscape project. It is very important to know what plant specimens do well in your area. Many nurseries in your area provide information on the plants they carry and the zones they do well in. In many locations, there may be plants available that may or may not grow well in your geographic location. Be aware of this and pay attention to the zone recommendations of the plant. Climate zone maps are a great way to learn what your zone is, so you can begin to plan your new outside adventure.
To view a great gallery of landscaping plants, visit the Gallery of Plants by Landscape Solutions for You.
Just click on the link above the growing zone map of your choice for more information.
The maps are only a guide for easy reference and you may live in a small micro climate that may not show up on a map.What to look for when choosing a plant.
A Plant with a zone rating of 6 (for example) will be able to withstand winters in that zone or warmer zones.
A plant with a zone rating of 4 through 9 (for example) will only survive in those zones.
A hardy zone of 10 may be too hot in the summer and a zone of 3 may be too cold in the winter.
A hardy zone map factors in average winter minimum temperatures.
Zone 1, in the Continent of the Americas is the coldest where temperature will reach minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit to zone 11 where lows do not go below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Zone maps will provide you with an estimate of your hardiness zone.
Remember that our maps are only a guide to help you determine your hardiness zone.
Local micro climates may influence your growing zone making it a little warmer or colder.
A large body of water, such as the Finger Lakes, will keep your property a little warmer in the winter.
Also a large snow fall produced from lake effect will protect your plants from a brutal wind keeping them warmer in the winter.
On clear winter nights cold air will settle in valleys and may change your zone rating.