|Plopper's Field, now in a zone 6a garden|
When the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map came out earlier today, I dutifully entered my zip code and discovered, as I suspected might be the case, that my garden has moved.
It has moved from zone 5b to zone 6a.
What does this move mean?
No longer will I start my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day posts with "here in my zone 5b garden".
Instead, I'll say "here in my zone 6a garden".
No longer will I say "oh, shoot" when I see that a plant is only hardy to zone 6.
Instead, I'll say, "Hmmm, maybe I'll try that in my garden".
Well, truth be told, if I really wanted a plant before this new map came out, and the plant was listed as only hardy to zone 6, I might have tried it in the past and hoped for the best. Now I'll just be trying it with perhaps a bit more confidence that it won't die off in the winter and plan for the best.
But otherwise, not much has changed. Admittedly, zone 5b is just a few miles, maybe 20 miles, north of me, so I don't feel like I am solidly in zone 6a. I feel like I am just provisionally in zone 6a until I try a few more zone 6 plants and see how they fair.
After a few years, if those zone 6a plants do well, I'll consider this move to be more official.
Now, where are those catalogs? I need to start looking at those "hardy only to zone 6a" plants. I want to try a whole bunch of them and maybe make this zone 6a move feel a bit more official, as soon as possible, in a few years.