Idaho planting zones are as diverse as the weather. Idaho has a traditional four-season climate but is known for its unpredictable weather all year long, particularly in the higher elevated mountain regions of the state. The diverse climate still sees maritime influence, largely in the western region, despite the state being more than 350 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The eastern parts of the state have a more semi-arid continental climate. Southern Idaho has warmer summer months while the northern part of the state typically sees more precipitation throughout the year. Across the state, summers can be hot and winters can be cold, although bitter cold is not typical for too long.
Idaho planting zones range from 3b in the easternmost tip of the state to 7b in some of the mid-western regions. Determining Idaho growing zones is the first step in growing a lush, thriving garden. Easily determine your Idaho planting zone with Gilmour’s Interactive Planting Zone Map. It is important to only plant varieties that are known to do well in a designated zone or below, as plants that are rated for higher zones will have a hard time during the winter months or freezing temperatures seen in lower-zone regions. Choosing plants that are designated for your specific zone will enure a garden that thrives for many seasons to come.
Many plants do well in each Idaho planting zone. Some of the vegetables that grow here include peas, onions, sugarbeets and of course potatoes, which the state is known for. Choose from hundreds of flowers that will successfully grow in the state. Zinnias, yarrow, azaleas and so many more will afford a pretty growing season full of lush greenery and pretty, colorful blooms to enjoy.
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