Point of Reference : Every gardener gardens a particular somewhere, while many plants will live in multiple planting zones. When we reference “north” or “south” or “cold”, etc, it is with a Mid-Atlantic-as-default mindset (Washington, DC). Depending on your growing zone, the same plant can be either truly perennial or shift to being an annual. A trip I took to Florida once looked to my eyes like Houseplants Gone Wild, though Floridians think those same plants are old hat.
Check the USDA planting zone map to see which growing zone you live in. Check with our Garden Glossary for explanations of unfamiliar terms. And be sure to check back regularly: the Planting Guide is growing quickly! (Not in the U.S.? If I can find hardiness maps for other countries, I’ll provide those links too.)
Asparagus, beans (all of ’em), beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash (summer squash and winter squash), tomatoes
Growing Fruit or Nut Trees? Edible Berries?
Apple trees, blackberry plants, blueberries, cherry tree varieties, edible wild berries, gooseberries, grapes, kiwi, melons, peach tree, plum trees, raspberries, serviceberry trees (aka shadblow or juneberry), strawberry plants (special bonus: growing strawberries in containers), watermelon
Special Pruning Guides:
Check here for help with raspberries, blackberries, and similar fruits; apple trees; cherry trees, and more…