Virginia Planting Zones - USDA Map Of Virginia Growing Zones

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Virginia

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Knowing Your Virginia Zone - Understanding the USDA Planting Map

If you live in Virginia, you will be in one of the four Virginia USDA plant hardiness zones that range from 5b at the northern tip to 8a and 8b on the eastern shore. These zones should serve as a guideline when selecting flowers, shrubs or trees for your garden.

Much of Virginia experiences a relatively mild winter with extreme low temperatures above zero; however, those that live in the northwest could see chilly winter lows down as far as -15 F. The Virginia planting map above can be enlarged by clicking on it so that you can see which zone covers your area. Once you have determined your zone, you can use this information when you start or add to your garden and landscape.

The USDA unveiled a new plant hardiness map at the end of 2023 that replaces the older version from 2012. The map is much more detailed than previous versions and now takes into consideration such factors as elevation, urban heat and proximity to a large body of water. 

Although there are still many other factors that affect the success rates of plants such as soil type, winter sun and humidity, amongst others, the Virginia plant map should serve as a guide when landscaping or gardening.