|USDA Plant Hardiness Map for Minnesota|
NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - released a helpful guide for gardeners to use this spring which is a map depicting the new climate normals. Plant Hardiness Zones have clearly shifted geographically with the changing climate and NOAA scientists explain this in some detail at the climate.gov web site in an article titled "Planting your spring garden? Consider climate's 'new normals.'" Read more
So when selecting plants for your garden, always choose plants that are listed for your hardiness zone. This indicates the plant has been trialed by the breeders and proven to survive and thrive in the zone listed. Not sure of your hardiness zone? Consult the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.