March 1st. It’s a clear day with frost on the trees, but it’s been a warm winter. We had one of those February’s where you can almost wear a t-shirt outside without a jacket. The last February I remember like that was in 2002 when one afternoon I headed out for a walk with no jacket because it was 14°C.
Do you ever wonder what it’s like for our plants to survive in our crazy weather? Sometimes we get cold winters with stretches of days below -40C°, or winters like this year, with warm beautiful days.
Lets talk about zones. Specifically growing zones.
Hardiness zones are often listed on plant tags and knowing what plant hardiness zone you live in will help you figure out if your plant will survive the winter (and this is crucial information if you live in Northern Alberta).
Annual vs. Perennial
The first thing you have to know is the difference between an annual and a perennial. Here’s my unofficial definition: Annuals will not overwinter. Perennials will overwinter. It’s that easy.
Alright, so how do we know what will work?
Ok, this part is really important.
Anything higher than a zone 3 will not survive the winter here (unless you’re a super duper awesome gardener, or you have a spot where you have a micro-climate). With that being said, many gardeners do have success with plants up to a zone 4 with a little extra protection.
Anything zone 3 and lower will survive here.
Now that you know your plant hardiness zone, you can easily pick the plants that will work for you!
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