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Texture impacts both small and large plantings, and can be applied to any design style or habitat. Leaf texture is a function of leaf shape and/or size, and creates a unique visual statement.
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Your Overall ClimateYou first need to understand the overall climate where you live. Use this checklist as a starting point.What is your growing zone? In the U.S., many people use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) hardiness zone map to determine your area’s minimum winter temperatures. Your zone’s minimum temperature will let you know if a plant can survive winter where you live, because plants are rated by growing zone based on their cold hardiness. This is most important for cold climates.What is the length of your growing season? Determine how many days above freezing you typically have. For warm and temperate climates, you need to know how intense your heat can be. Some plants just can’t handle a southern climate’s sun and will die in response. Just as the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map charts a region’s minimum temperatures, the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS’) Plant Heat Zone Map charts the country’s high temperatures.How much precipitation do you get annually, and when does it occur? Do you have wet and dry seasons? Does it rain throughout the year? Does it hardly rain at all? Know how many inches on average your area receives each year and during which months.