Find My Planting Zone

Wherever you live, Tennessee Wholesale Nursery offers a wide variety of trees and plants chosen specifically for your zone. Please check your zone at the top of the web site. Then order plants specifically chosen for your zone

Find Your Perfect Planting Zone
Finding your planting zone is critical to the success of your outdoor planting. Since certain plants, vegetables, and flowers grow better in specific areas, be sure to choose ones suited to your growing zone. The plants you want for outdoor gardening all must tolerate the elements even with your care. To thrive, they have to withstand sunshine, rainfall, snow, heat, and cold. Each plant has its own needs, and these requirements must be provided for by the geographical area in which it must grow.

Determine the planting zone where you live by using the map created by the United States Department of Agriculture known as the USDA Hardiness Zone Map. It can be accessed online at the USDA plant hardiness website. It divides North America into 13 planting zones. Each zone is about 10 degrees F warmer or colder during the winter on average than the area listed next to it.

Using your computer's mouse, hover over the map to pinpoint your state and area. Most states are divided into at least two different temperate zones. They are color-coded and easy to locate. After you find out your area's extreme temperatures, use the information to research plants that will thrive in your area. You can also type in your zip code to find your hardiness zone, but the hovering method can go within a half-mile of your house and is more accurate.

The hardiness zone map is updated every decade or so. This is important to consider because the earth's temperatures are showing a gradual warming trend. In 2012, the USDA added two new growing zones to the 11 existing ones. Each zone has inched northward. Most gardeners will find about a half-zone change. This can make a big difference in planning for your outdoor gardening. You may be able to grow some plants that once would have been too tender to withstand your area's temperatures.

Visit the USDA Hardiness Zone website often for any updates.