How Hardy is Your Zone?

usda zone map1 150x150 How Hardy is Your Zone?Cold and dreary winter months allow plenty of time for gardeners to study planting guides, check out new floral varieties and devise – or revise – garden beds.

This year it might be time to try one of the exotic plants that are making their way north.

Too cold? Think again. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has introduced an updated plant hardiness map – complete with an interactive function that pinpoints your exact locale. The upshot? Gardeners across the nation have a chance to turn over a new leaf for the first time in decades, according to USA Today . The hardiness guide, last updated in 1990, shows some zones have warmed up by as much as a half a zone or more.

If this inspires you to try new specimens, let the BBB help you find a BBB Accredited garden center or landscaper.

What new plant varieties do you plan to introduce into your landscape this spring and summer?

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Luanne Kadlub, communications specialist for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming, has been a writer/editor for newspapers, magazines and nonprofits.