By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI
Some gardens look effortlessly beautiful, filled with lush, vibrant plants. Gardeners with green thumbs know there are important considerations to take into account when making landscaping choices. One of the fundamental factors in growing strong, healthy plants is an understanding of how location affects the types of vegetation in your particular area.
One of the first things to consider is the climate zone. The standard that is used to identify climate zones is the US Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. The current map divides North America into eleven zones based on average winter temperatures. Each zone is about 10 degrees warmer or cooler than the adjacent zone. In which climate zone do you live? Choosing your plants based on their preferred climate zone can help you avoid a lot of extra maintenance and uphill battles with pests and diseases.
Here at Bloch’s Farm, we are in Zone 5a. If you are unsure of your zone, or you would like to know more about a particular plant’s preferred zone, contact your friendly greenhouse staff members. You can also check the plant’s information tag as well as your favorite gardening book or website.
Of course, it is possible to grow plants that may prefer the edge of your zone or different zones. Those plants may be considered “sensitive”, meaning they can still survive, but they may need some extra tender loving care. Perhaps some added protection may be needed throughout the winter months, or maybe some extra water or shade will need to be provided during the hot summer seasons.
Once you’ve chosen a plant that grows well in your climate zone, the next step is choosing a location in your garden or in your landscaping project for the plant to grow. Ensure that the area is large enough to accommodate your plant once it reaches maturity. Plan ahead for the height and width of the mature vegetation to avoid issues with maintenance and overgrowth as well as to prevent pest and disease problems.
Finding the perfect location for your new plants is important for many reasons. A lot of time is spent in nurturing beautiful gardens, and you definitely want your plants to reach their full potential. Be sure to consider your climate zone and the plant’s ideal location in your garden. Stay tuned for more tips to consider when buying a new plant.
Bloch’s Farm will be open soon! We are busy getting ready for all your spring needs. We will have a huge selection of trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials that will beautify many areas, even those challenging ones! Feel free to call 920-294-6000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Don’t forget to visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.