Zone 7 experiences mild winters that average a coldest temperature of zero to 10°F. The last frost typically ends in late March or early April, and the ground usually doesn’t freeze again until late October or early to mid November. Stretching (almost) coast to coast, there are 28 states that contain this zone.
Like any zone, frost dates will vary slightly from year to year. It’s important to check the Old Farmer’s Almanac for more accurate weather predictions for the current year.
Zone 7 can comfortably be called home for an almost endless list of beautiful plants. Thanks to mild winters and a long growing season, zone 7 gardeners should have no trouble finding plenty of varieties that are just right for them.
A few fantastic options for zone 7 are listed below!
- Decadence® ‘Sparkling Sapphires’ False Indigo is a tolerant and beautiful false indigo that stands straight with deep purple blooms. Perfect for both the landscape and the garden, its compact size allows for a wide variety of placement options for gardeners with less space.
- Flirty Girl™ False Hydrangea-Vine is a summer-long bloomer with small, sweet-scented flowers. Foliage will start out as a purple shade, and slowly age to green. It has a wonderful climbing habit that is ideal for elevating any fence or structure.
- Fire Ball® Burning Bush is a perfect way to add tons of color to the landscape. Fire-red leaves will stand out against almost any backdrop and provide a great bit of color to any area that looks a bit too monotone.
Annuals are always a fantastic way to expand your choice of plants, and you can try new varieties each year. If they’re planted between frost dates, most should fair just fine for the length of the growing season. However, it’s always important to consider your particular garden conditions. Hours of sunlight, soil conditions, and other factors will greatly impact how a plant preforms.
For a complete list of plants that are suitable for zone 7, click here! If you’d like to learn more about gardening zones in general then be sure to check out our blog The Ultimate Guide to Plant Hardiness Zones.
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