Once you start gardening, you’ll begin encountering “zones”. The USDA plant hardiness map has divided the US, Canada, and Mexico into zones measuring the average lowest temperatures. Every plant label and seed packet is going to include plant zone information, basically telling you your odds that the plant you’re checking out is going to make it in your area. Common sense really, take something from the Equator, and try planting it in the Arctic, chances are, it won’t be able to handle the extreme cold.
If you’re not sure, find your zone using this interactive map, and we’ll see if one of my favorite Bee Balms, zone 4-9, is going to make it. Zone 1-2 Alaska can expect that this baby wouldn’t make it. Likewise, zone 10-11 Florida wouldn’t be any better, way too hot. I can also try “zone busting”, growing a plant where it technically isn’t supposed to grow. Zone 3 gardens can try adding a heavy cover of mulch to keep it 10 degrees warmer than normal in the winter, and a zone 10 garden can try planting this in shade and giving it extra water. You may be pleasantly surprised with a great new plant, but you also can’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t make it, you were zone busting after all.