When thinking about your garden and landscape, it's common to want to grow and enjoy plants that you are accustomed to. Either from where you most recently lived, or from where you grew up. We all have that nostalgia for a familiar landscape.
But, one of the most frequent questions I hear from newcomers to the Prescott, AZ area is that they struggle with finding the appropriate plants that will not only grow, but thrive and become well established without a lot of fuss.
One of the core refence tools for gardeners and landscape design, is known as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones. There is also an index by Sunset Magazine, and then there are climate and heat tolerance zones as well. Lot's of different indicators that can be helpful, but for this post I am going to focus on the USDA Hardiness Zones.
My advise: Know and embrace your garden zone!
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There's no point in selecting annuals and perennial plants that aren't suited to your zone if you want a healthy and vibrant landscape that looks it's best with minimal effort over all four seasons.
If, on the other hand, you prefer annuals for their bright colors and short-term summer beauty, no worries. Feel free to indulge but know that you will be replacing those plants each growing season, or possibly bringing them indoors to a greenhouse and then back out.
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.