Learn About Cold Weather Plants For Zones 2-3

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener USDA plant hardiness zones, developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture, were created to identify how plants fit into different temperature zones – or more specifically, which plants tolerate the coldest temperatures in each zone. Zone 2 encompasses areas such as Jackson, Wyoming and Pinecreek, Alaska, while Zone 3 includes cities like Tomahawk, Wisconsin; International Falls, Minnesota; Sidney, Montana and others in the northern part of the country. Let’s learn more about the plants that grow in cold climates like these. Challenge of Gardening in Zones 2-3 Gardening in zones 2-3 means dealing with punishing cold temperatures. In fact, the lowest average temperature in USDA hardiness zone 2 is a frigid -50 to -40 degrees F. (-46 to -40 C), while zone 3 is a whopping 10 degrees warmer. Cold Weather Plants for Zones 2-3 Gardeners in frigid climates have a particular


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