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Long Island, New York
Apr 14, 2017 11:54 AM CST
I live in England. My son is planning a garden in the USA where he lives.
I am helping to research plants, trees etc;
Am I correct in thinking that in the US there are zones which are a guidance when planning suitability of plants in an area?
Thank you.
Name: Anne
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Apr 14, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Hi Joan and welcome to NGA!

Here is a link where you can put in a zip code and find out your hardiness zone.
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Name: Elaine
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Apr 14, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Hi and welcome! A slight caution on the use of zones, though. They are strictly "hardiness" zones which tell you what the average low temperatures are in a given area in winter. Not terribly useful when planning a garden, as there are places with the same zone designation but very different climates eg. parts of British Columbia on the Canadian west coast have the same zone designation as parts of Florida. Soil, humidity and general weather conditions play a big role in what to plant.

Contacting his local County Extension service, which is an affiliate between the County government and the local agricultural university, might be of much more help to your son in planting his new garden.

Or just tell him about us! Please be sure he lets us know where in the US he is, though.

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Name: Danita
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Apr 14, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Hi Joan, Welcome!

We have our own USDA zone look-up here on NGA.

You'll also want to check out the AHS Heat Zones because, in some areas, the summer heat can cause more plant deaths than the winter cold.
Here is a link to a pdf of the map.

If he is in the western USA, then the Sunset Climate Zones may be helpful.

We also have regional forums here where you can seek advice from members who actually garden in those areas.
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