Garden Zones for Ohio
What garden zone am I in? This information will tell you what plants are hardy in your area and therefore can be grown with assurance that they will have the best chance of surviving and even thriving in your local environment. By starting with your garden zone and then evaluating for the micro-climates in your yard, you can identify areas where individual plants will do better… you may even find a sunny spot against a south-facing wall where you can grow a plant variety that is normally rated for a warmer zone.
The USDA published its updated plant hardiness zone map in 2012, in which they incorporates improved accuracy and detail, along with recent warming trends. Many areas were shifted an entire zone from the 1990 map, and even more from what I have come across in old gardening books from the 60’s and early 70’s.(more…)