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Hanaphy001
Aug 16, 2016 8:51 AM CST
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Hope to hear from you.

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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 16, 2016 9:20 AM CST
No need to re-invent the wheel here, Gary. There are two sources I can think of that you should look at for this purpose:

The US Dept. of Agriculture has their plant hardiness zone maps. They aren't all that useful for gardeners as they were intended for farmers to use. But growers of nursery plants for home gardeners use their hardiness zones as a beginner reference.
http://www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/

Sunset Magazine came up with a much better, more informative map for gardeners:
http://www.sunset.com/garden/climate-zones
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purpleinopp
Aug 16, 2016 1:31 PM CST
No need to leave this site to use the USDA zone map.
http://garden.org/nga/zipzone/
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RickCorey
Aug 16, 2016 3:58 PM CST
The Sunset Zones are very detailed for the USA, and one design goal was that, within any one Sunset Zone, and all throughout that zone, similar plants will thrive.

However, I must admit that I'm not a "planning" gardener. I like to try to do things and see what I can get to grow.

Are you familiar with the international Koppen climate system? They have the same goal, but they cover the world. Hence each Koppen zone is broader than any Sunset zone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classifica...
http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/mpeel/koppen.html

maps: http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/11/1633/2007/hess-11-16...

Google image maps: https://www.google.com/search?q=koppen+climate+classificatio...

exact Koppen Zones in each US COUNTY:
http://koeppen-geiger.vu-wien.ac.at/data/KoeppenGeiger.UScou...



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sallyg
Aug 18, 2016 6:15 AM CST
the zones shown in the map are very broad; maybe some combination of Koppen and USDA/Sunset.
Example- it seems I'm in the same green Koppen zone as most of Texas and Florida
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Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Aug 18, 2016 5:39 PM CST
I agree, Koppen has very broad categories.

But it lets you compare Milwaukee with Milan!

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