Knowing your gardening hardiness zone is the first step in choosing which bulbs are best suited for your garden. It is important to remember that spring flowering bulbs are planted in fall before the frost and flower the following spring. Summer flowering bulbs are planted after spring’s last frost to flower within the next few months.
As mentioned in this Love Your Yard blog post, a hardiness zone is expressed as a “geographically defined area in which a specific category of plant life is capable of growing, as defined by climatic conditions, including its ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone.” These zones, according to the USDA, are based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature during a 30-year period in the past, not the lowest temperature that has ever occurred or is predicted to occur.
Visit this map provided by the USDA and click on your location. A box will pop up and share information with you like what zone you reside, what your zone’s average temperature is, and what the range is. Avant Garden Décor is located in zone 6B.
Head over to Google and get searching! Enter the terms “zone 6B frost dates” and you’ll find an incredible amount of information. From the results we were given we are able to understand our first frost date is October 15th and our last frost date is April 15th.
What information did you find when you searched? Are you planning your plantings based on your frost dates? Share with us in the comments section!