The Q&A Archives: Hardiness Zone

Question: Has always been hard to determine in which hardiness zone we live, and your hardiness zone map is pretty useless (It told me that we are in Mid-Atlantic zone which covers Toronto to Washington, DC - not much help).
We live in Jamesville, NY 13078 about 10 miles south of Syracuse, NY 13202.
Hope you can help.
Thank you

Answer: Gardening zone maps are sometimes difficult to decipher. Your zip code places you in USDA zone 5 with average winter temperatures of -29 to -23 C (-20 to -10 F). These low temperatures will help you determine which plants will survive the winters in your yard. Some plants suitable for your landscape include:

1. Coral Bells, 'Palace Purple'
You'll love the deep and dramatic purple hues of this plant. Its showy foliage is also a great way to break up a floral-heavy garden.

2. Northern Sea Oats
Imagine large bushes of oats, right in the middle of your garden. Let this bushy wild perennial give your garden texture and atmosphere year after year.

3. Bleeding Heart
Be still my bleeding heart… These flowering beauties with their heart-shaped blooms are quite a sight. Drooping gently from their thin branches, you will fall in love with this magical plant.

4. Canadian Phlox, 'Laphamii'
Looking to plant something in the shade? This phlox is for you. Colorful and intriguing, these violet-blue flowers will bring a tranquil feeling to your garden.

5. Clematis, 'Ville de Lyon'
Most gardeners will say that the clematis is a popular flower because it's a vigorous climber and easy to grow. But we know better. The carmine red blooms of this ville de lyon are a stunner!

6. Hosta, 'Wide Brim'
Who doesn't love the hosta? Perfect for a shady corner, this leafy hosta will bring a great green texture to your garden and is easy to grow.

7. Cinnamon Fern
If you love lots of green, this is the plant for you. This clump-forming fern spreads slowly, and its intriguing wooly texture will surprise any fern lover.

8. Carpathian Bellflower, 'White Clips'
Imagine hundreds of white bells, right in your garden! Plant these white bellflowers to add some variety to your colorful garden and let the sun sparkle on their white blooms.

9. Purple Lilac
So, you've always wanted a lilac bush. Now is the time! Not only are lilacs popular because of their incredible scent, but the pastel blooms are unlike anything else that grows in the spring.

10. Bee Balm, 'Raspberry Wine'
Red raspberry. Deep color. Bright and cheerful. This mildew-resistant plant with its spiky flowers will bring a spirited bloom to any garden.

11. Daylily, 'Stella de Oro'
Bring a beautiful summery yellow into your garden with the 'Stella de Oro' daylily. Not only is this plant easy to grow, but its elegant flowers make for a great variety that is the first to bloom and the last to stop.

12. Black-Eyed Susan
Once you plant this native daisy, you'll never have to worry about it again. It is virtually void of pests or diseases and it's yellow blooms are full and long.

13. Hosta
Who doesn't love the hosta? Perfect for a shady corner, this leafy hosta will bring a great green texture to your garden and is easy to grow.

14. Blanket Flower, 'Goblin'
An extremely popular plant in the south where it is known by its heat-tolerant reputation, this blanket flower will keep your vases full with scarlet blooms all summer long.

15. Strawberry, 'Surecrop'
The USDA picked the name because it was the most descriptive of this high-yielding and sweet berry. Think of the 'Surecrop' as a berry factory!

16. Yarrow, 'Paprika'
Heat and drought tolerant, this spicy red flower can brighten up any garden. Also great as a dried flower, the yarrow's color will keep you fascinated for months.

17. Rose 'Felicia'
This low-maintenance rose will brighten your garden and bloom profusely all summer.

18. Stonecrop, 'Vera Jameson'
This is a must-have because it's low maintenance and gardeners will love its late-season color. Its thick, fleshy, succulent leaves and dusky, pink flowers draw butterflies by the droves.

19. Tomato
Don't miss out on this easy-to-grow vegetable! You're lying to yourself if you think growing tomatoes are hard. All these varities some sun and support.

20. Lamb's Ears, 'Silver Carpet'
Use this plant as a silvery, gray-green edging in your perennial beds or mix it with colorful annuals. Children will love it for its furry texture and adults will love its velvety leaves.

Hope this information is helpful!

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