Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden
You’ll want to know the zone you live in before you start planning that gorgeous garden you want. Especially if you order your plants via mail order or catalog. You’ll want to know your exact zone first. You wouldn’t want to plant flowers that are not right for your climate…especially if they are perennials, biennials*, or bulbs. These three need the right climate in order to bloom and thrive. However, annuals (plants that only grow for one season) can grow in any zone as long as it’s given proper amounts of water and sunlight. Some may know this already, but if you’re new to gardening, you might not.
For instance – I live in Central Texas and my zone is 7b. I wouldn’t want to buy flowers in zones 1-6 or 9-11. I typically stay in the 7 zones. They now have some zones that are a and b.
– Biennials need two full growing seasons and can be classified as either annual or perennial, depending on growing conditions.
Plants in above collage:
Top left – Fringed French Lavender, Garden Phlox (pink), the yellow flowers sadly had no name
Top right – Confetti Garden ‘Pineapple Bunch’ ( a combo annual) (bees love these)
Bottom left – Sweet Mint
Bottom right – Petunias (easy to grow)
I put plants that require the same amount of watering and sun in the same pot.
Wanting a beautiful garden does come with a cost. For example, the above flowers cost me about $50 and that didn’t include the soil. So plan to pay for a gorgeous garden…whether it’s a flower, vegetable, or herb garden – it will all be worth it when your garden starts to bloom!
Here’ are a few vegetables, herbs and flowers that will grow in any zone.
Lettuce, beets, tomato, zucchini, Parsley, Dill, Sweetpea, Snapdragon, Morning glory, Cosmos,
Go here to find the zone for your area – http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
If you are planning on planting flowers or herbs in a wooden box, you might want to read this first – The Correct Way to Plant Flowers in Wooden Boxes.