Flowers that are Appropriate for your Climate

You can't grow orchids in the Alaskan tundra, and you can't grow daffodils in the Amazon jungle. You need to buy bulbs that will survive in your climate. You do this by knowing what hardiness zone you live in.

Hardiness zones are rated from 1 to 11, where 11 represents a Tropical climate and 1 is an Arctic climate. (They are sometimes referred to as USDA zones because this rating system was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture).

Many nurseries provide zone ranges or limits in their descriptions of plants for sale. Similarly, I've provided a range for each type of flower I discuss. Thus, Giant Dutch Crocuses typically thrive in zones 4 - 8, while Flame Anemones are normally happiest in zones 8 - 9.

Examine the maps below to find what zone you live in:

Zones for Canada and USA

Zones for Western Europe

Zones for Australia

Another useful reference is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map site, provided by the National Arboretum. This site lets you click on an area within North America, and see that area's zone in more detail.

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