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An excellent landscape architect once advised me (when living in SE lower Michigan) that plants native to the Pacific NorthWest tended not to thrive in Michigan, but that those native to the British Isles often did well. We had a large 40-year-old mahonia right at our driveway's edge; it suffered from de-icing products used on the asphalt but also in lowest temperatures if there was no snow for protection, so we began to carefully use clean snow to fill all the space inside the plant's perimeter, gradually building up support for the branches and providing insulation. Also it was important in the Spring to check the entire length of each branch before pruning it as dead; in haste we would have removed many that were living.

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Bearcubus, the hardiness zones given for plants only refer to the lowest temperature a particular plant can survive. However, there is more to climate than winter temperatures. The eastern U.S. is wetter than the central U.S. Zone 8 with winter lows to 10ºF stretches from southern New Mexico across the south to the eastern half of North Carolina. Yet, perennials that do well in the east cannot stand the occasional droughts nor the heat in western zone 8. Even within any particular zone there are micro-climates where temperature may be warmer or colder than normal. Each gardener has to research plants that interest them. What part of the world are they native to? What are their water needs? Do they require dry seasons? What pH of soil do they need? How much cold do they need? How much heat can they stand?

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What a beautifully crafted article. Full of beautiful details about flowers and how to make your garden a thriving place for bees.


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