USDA Hardiness Zone 5 is a geographical area defined by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to help gardeners and growers understand which plants are most likely to thrive in their location. This zone is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree Fahrenheit zones.
In Zone 5, the average annual extreme minimum temperature ranges between -20 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. The growing season in Zone 5 can vary from 150 to 180 days based on the specific location's weather patterns.
This zone includes parts of several states, including Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine, as well as regions in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States. Some parts of Alaska also fall into Zone 5.
A wide variety of plants and flowers can grow in Zone 5, including perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs. Notable plants for this zone include the 'New Dawn' Soft Pink Climbing Rose, 'Endless Summer' Blue Mophead Hydrangea, and many more.
When planting in Zone 5, it's essential to consider the plant's hardiness rating. Plants rated for Zone 5 will be able to withstand the area's winter temperatures. However, it's also crucial to take into account other factors like soil type, rainfall, and summer heat when choosing plants for your garden.