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Arkansas Planting Zones

Arkansas planting zones

The humid subtropical climate of Arkansas is known for its relatively short, cooler winters and humid, hot summers. Mostly mild winters across much of the state don’t often see tremendous amounts of snow, although the northern region can see snow, ice storms and hail during the winter months. This variation in weather really impacts the Arkansas planting zones. The state is fairly well-known for its tornadoes and thunderstorms, with about 38 tornados and up to an average of 60 days of thunderstorms each year. Precipitation in the state is an average of 40 to 60 inches annually. It is typically drier in the northern region and a bit wetter in the southern. 

Arkansas growing zones can range from 6b to 8a You should always know your planting zone before planning a garden. Growing zones are intended to offer insight into best planting times and what types of plants will thrive. Eliminate a lot of frustration and wasted time, money and effort by ensuring you are planting the types of plants that have the best chance of survival in your region. Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map gives you all the information you need to determine the Arkansas planting zone you are in so it is easy to know what and when to plant so a garden will grow and flourish. 

Arkansas has a wide range of plants, flowers and vegetables that will grow well. Plant lettuce, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, herbs and cucumbers, among a number of other vegetables for a season full of produce. If you are looking for flowers to plant in Arkansas, there is no shortage of pretty native plants and shrubs that will dress up any yard throughout the growing season. Plant yaupon holly, beautyberry, calycanthus and native azaleas or clethra. There are also a number of perennials and shrubs that are suitable for planting like echinacea, black-eyed Susans and native ferns.   

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