Growing on the High Plains: In the Zone

Aug 9, 2018

For many High Plains gardeners, zone 6 plants remain a labor of love.

When it comes to High Plains weather, the only constant is change...and maybe unpredictability. So for those of us tending gardens in this region, the trifecta of odd weather, fickle heat, and apprehensive precipitation are forever a safe bet.

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we'll get in the zone with regards to plants with a Zone 6 predilection. (As you can see from the image, this zone spans the southern and central HPPR listener region.) Though love we may the charm of crepe myrtles and mimosa trees, gardeners beware of how you'll toil in the soil to keep them thriving. How can we know which plants are up to the challenge? Are there ways to make a smart selection among ornamental offerings offloaded in garden centers and home improvement store parking lots? Thankfully, doing a little research before you buy can save a lot of heartache. But don't assume a plant is doomed, because hard work can keep Zone 6'ers alive and well.