Planting outside your zone is an exciting experiment that can make your garden or yard stand out. However, zone denial requires a lot of work and is risky. The plant may not survive the Pacific Northwest climate, wasting all of your efforts.
So, instead of taking such a risk, it may be best to concentrate on growing plants likely to survive in your zone. The Pacific Northwest, which includes the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, falls in Zone 7 to 9. And numerous beautiful and edible plants can withstand the region’s climate.
Plants To Grow In Zone 7
Despite its freezing winter season, zone 7 has a relatively mild climate and supports the growth of many warm-weather plants. You can grow annuals and perennials that will thrive all year round. This includes marigolds, geranium, black-eyed Susan, salvia, aster, and clematis.
You can plant cool-weather vegetables in early February for an edible garden, such as spinach, radish, kale, cabbage, and carrots. You can plant peppers, tomatoes, squash, eggplants, and beans in the warmer season.
Plants To Grow In Zone 8, in the Seattle region
Numerous flowers such as bird of paradise, hibiscus, butterfly bush, lantana, Mexican petunia, oleander, and phlox, thrive in zone 8. You can also plant herbs like rosemary, lavender, and sage and creeping juniper and English ivy for groundcover.
Like zone 7, you can plant vegetables twice a year in zone 8. First, sow the seeds in late winter/early spring to harvest in summer. Then again, in early fall to harvest in winter. Some vegetables to plant include carrots, peas, celery, and broccoli.
Plants To Grow In Zone 9
The weather in Zone 9 is slightly milder than the other two zones, with less winter freeze and a longer growing season. However, some plants may not survive the heat during summer in the zone, especially cold-hardy plants.
Nevertheless, you can plant nearly any delicious vegetable, including beets, cauliflower, leeks, onions, cucumber, okra, potatoes, and tomatoes. Also, you can grow several flowers to fill your garden with vibrant blooms, including begonias, cannas, dahlias, irises, jasmine, and sedum.
Need help growing plants that will thrive in your Pacific Northwest garden? Contact us at Levy’s Lawn & Landscape today!