The Q&A Archives: Zone and Annuals

Question: Hello,

I live in San Jose, CA. I was wondering if you could tell me what zone I am considered to be in (Sunset zone, etc)? I also am looking to find information on when to plant certain there such information readily available that you can send my way or point me to a place on the web?

Thanks a lot!


Answer: You are in USDA zone 8B and Sunset zone 15. You can find plant suitable for your area by visiting the following website hosted by National Gardening:

Planting dates vary, depending upon what you're planting but the last frost date for your area is about mid-March. So, you can plant most anything in the middle of March.

The San Jose Master Gardeners have a website filled with information. Visit for gardening advice of all kinds.

Best wishes with your garden!

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