Growing the garden of your dreams is possible when you learn a few gardening fundamentals and local growing zone principals.

Zone 7 Herb Planting Guide:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture divides the U.S. into eleven growing zones. These are determined by weather patterns, and this system helps gardeners identify plants that grow well in their region. Those who are planting a garden in zone 7 are able to choose among a wide variety of herbs, flowers, vegetables, crops, and ornamentals. Zone 7 has a moderately long growing season that lasts about eight months, with an annual low temperature of about 5 degrees Fahrenheit. The first frost is around November 15th, and the last frost is around April 15th.

How much time do you have to devote to the garden?

Be realistic about the time you have to devote to gardening tasks!

  • 2 Hours Per Week: Small Herb, Container, or Ornamental Garden.
  • 2-4 Hours: Small Vegetable, or Medium Ornamental Garden.
  • 4-10 Hours: Small Vegetable and Ornamental Garden, or Medium Vegetable Garden.
  • 10-20 Hours: Large Vegetable or Large Ornamental Garden.

If you must hand water, the time investment increases significantly!

What Type of Garden Do You Want to Grow?

  • Do you want to grow edible plants, ornamental plants, or a combination? Vegetable gardens take more time than flower gardens. If you want to start a vegetable garden, plant vegetables that you and your family enjoy.
  • What plants would you grow in your dream garden?
  • What plants make you the happiest?
  • Do you want plants on your porch, deck, or patio? Container Gardening is an easy way to start a garden. Herbs and annuals grow well in containers.

Do Specialty Gardens Appeal to You?

  • Cutting Garden for Bouquets: Daffodil, Gladiola, Lily, Rose, Sunflower, & Tulip.
  • Drought-Tolerant Garden: Bee Balm, Purple Coneflower, Daylily, & Yarrow.
  • Medicinal Herb Garden: Calendula, Comfrey, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, & Thyme.
  • Native Plant Garden: Black-eyed Susan, Butterfly Bush, Black Elderberry, & Lobelia.
  • Pollinator Garden: Aster, Coreopsis, Yellow Jasmine, Passionflower, Petunia, Phlox, & Violet.

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~~ Ginger Winn

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