USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
The Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a breakdown of annual minimum temperature averages that occur in a region over several decades. The maps are periodically updated by the USDA.
One of the features of the hardiness map is the ability to visit the USDA website, type in a specific zip code and see the exact zone hardiness for that area. In fact, West Virginia now has a few spots in the state that are classified as a “Zone 7a.” This means that gardeners can plant new types of flowers or vegetables in those areas. These spots are most prevalent across southern West Virginia counties.
For more information on the new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps, visit http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov.