Gardening Help – New Mexico Planting Map
New Mexico experiences a wide range in average winter extreme temperatures, from a chilly 4b in the northern part of the state to a very warm 9a in the south. There are many flowers, shrubs, and trees that thrive in all parts of this state and knowing which planting zone you live in will help you make the best selections for your area.
The 2012 New Mexico USDA planting map, as pictured above, is based on data collected from 8,000 weather stations all over the United States over a period of thirty years. Previous USDA plant hardiness maps only considered data from a fifteen-year period. The new map changed somewhat from older versions to take into consideration warmer average winter temperatures as well as elevation data, proximity to a large body of water, and areas where urban heat is a factor.
If you are wondering what plants would do best in your garden and landscape, you can enlarge the New Mexico plant map above to find your growing zone. Once you have determined which zone you are in, you can use that information to make educated decisions regarding the plants that will thrive in your garden. Reputable nurseries in your area will only carry plants that are clearly marked with the USDA planting zones that are appropriate for the plant that is for sale.