Local climate plays a key role in gardening and landscaping success, so it is very important to keep track of hardiness zones and the plants that are appropriate for those zones. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tracks these zones and updates a Climate-related planting zones map each decade to adjust for 30-year weather averages across the nation. The last update in July of 2011 revealed a Northern shift to warmer zones, which are reflected on maps provided by the NOAA. This shift has occurred in the North Texas region and will encourage changes in plant selection for regional landscapes.
In 2012 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusted their Plant Hardiness Zone Map to reflect the NOAA’s update. These interactive maps reveal updated zones by zip code. Keep up with these maps to make proper plant purchases that will thrive year round. Use the Texas SmartScape plant database search tool to find the best plants for any landscape in North Texas.