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flyinglocksmith
Montgomery, TX

May 31, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8599756

Does it matter that much?
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 31, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8599873

It does. There are a lot of things that can't handle too much cold or heat. Where is Montgomery? Most of Texas is 7 or 8 unless you're way north or right along the coast. If you want to see for sure, Google USDA Plant Hardiness map. Also remember that when things say they can take full sun, they don't always mean Texas sun.
flyinglocksmith
Montgomery, TX

May 31, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8600042

I am 40 miles NW of Houston.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8602076

I checked, your 8b. That means the warmer half of zone 8. Things like plumbago and purple fountain grass are perennials for you, but annuals for me. It also means that you an probably gorw things like lettuce and spinach all winter long, I can't. Hope that helps.
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2011
8:20 AM

Post #8608119

Google Gardening zone and you would have your answer.
BLKS
San Francisco, CA

June 4, 2011
9:48 AM

Post #8608268

Here is a link to the zone map and a description of what it is good for:

http://www.garden.org/zipzone/
omchodoy
Tucson, AZ

June 12, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8625470

So I go to the link BLKS posted and it says I'm in zone 8A. I go to GardenWeb.com and I'm in zone 9. I go to USNA-USDA website and I'm on the cusp between 8b and 9a.

So how do I know?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 12, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8625490

Arizona has all kinds of mini climates due to desert and mountains. This is the most recent available and shows the flow of microclimates in your area.

http://www.plantmaps.com/interactive-arizona-usda-plant-zone-hardiness-map.php
BLKS
San Francisco, CA

June 13, 2011
8:47 AM

Post #8627559

That is an excellent link, themoonhowl. Hadn't seen that one before. Thank you.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 13, 2011
9:20 AM

Post #8627650

You are welcome BLKS. I like that one too. It is a bit more detailed than most.
shune
Burien, WA
(Zone 7b)

June 13, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8628180

Keep in mind the zones are guidelines. The plants don't know where the exact boundaries are, hee hee.
BLKS
San Francisco, CA

June 14, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8629800

Yes, that is true, shune. There can be microclimates within the yard even.

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