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Zone 7 Wildflowers – Tips On Choosing Wildflowers For Zone 7

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

The term ?wildflower? typically describes plants growing freely in the wild. As with any plant, different wildflowers will grow best in different areas. In this article, we will list different wildflowers for zone 7, as well as offer tips for growing wildflowers in zone 7.

Cold Hardy Hibiscus: Tips On Growing Hibiscus In Zone 7

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Growing hibiscus in zone 7 means finding cold hardy hibiscus varieties that can withstand some of the colder temperatures in this growing region. There are plenty of varieties that those of us in colder regions can enjoy. This article will help with suggestions.

Can Olive Trees Grow In Zone 7: Types Of Cold Hardy Olive Trees

By Mary Ellen Ellis

When you think about an olive tree, you probably imagine it growing somewhere hot and dry, like southern Spain or Greece. There are varieties of cold hardy olive trees that thrive in regions you might not have expected to be olive-friendly. Learn about zone 7 olives here.

Zone 7 Rose Varieties – Tips On Growing Roses In Zone 7 Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

In regards to finding hardy roses for zone 7, it's better to select roses based on their cold hardiness and provide them with some dappled shade during hot summer afternoons. Click here for more information on zone 7 rose varieties and tips on growing roses in zone 7.

Zone 7 Hedges: Tips On Growing Hedges In Zone 7 Landscapes

By Teo Spengler

Hedges are not only practical property-line markers, but also can provide wind blocks or attractive screens to preserve your yard's privacy. If you live in zone 7, you'll want to take your time selecting from the many available hedge plants for zone 7. This article will help.

Zone 7 Junipers: Growing Juniper Bushes In Zone 7 Gardens

By Liz Baessler

Junipers are evergreen plants that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. But which type of juniper shrubs are best suited to growing in zone 7? Click the article that follows to learn more about selecting junipers for zone 7 landscapes.

Hardy Flowering Trees: Tips On Growing Ornamental Trees In Zone 7

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Most zone 7 ornamental trees produce vibrant blooms in spring or summer and many finish the season with bright autumn color. If you?re in the market for ornamental trees in zone 7, click this article for a few ideas to get you started.

Hardy Vine Plants: Tips On Growing Vines In Zone 7 Landscapes

By Liz Baessler

Vines are great. If you want them to come back in the spring, however, it?s important to make sure they?re winter hardy in your area. Click the following article to learn more about growing vines in zone 7, and some of the most common to choose from.

Zone 7 Palm Trees – Palm Trees That Grow In Zone 7

By Liz Baessler

When you think palm trees, you tend to think heat. But some other varieties are actually very hardy and can withstand temperatures well below zero. Click this article to learn more about hardy palm trees, particularly palm trees that grow in zone 7.

Zone 7 Nut Trees: Choosing Nut Trees For Zone 7 Climates

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

We often think of garden edibles as only fruits and vegetable plants, and overlook the fact that some of our beautiful shade trees also produce nutritious nuts that we could be harvesting. This article will discuss what nut trees grow in zone 7.

Zone 7 Yuccas: Choosing Yucca Plants For Zone 7 Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

While it's true that yucca plants are native to dry, desert-like locations, they can also grow in many cooler climates. There are a few yucca varieties that are hardy down to zone 3. In this article, we will discuss growing yucca in zone 7 regions.

Caring For Hardy Hydrangeas: Learn About Zone 7 Hydrangea Planting

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Gardeners have no shortage of choices when it comes to choosing hydrangea for zone 7, where the climate is well suited for a huge variety of hardy hydrangeas. Here is a list of just a few zone 7 hydrangeas, along with a few of their most significant characteristics.

Hardy Succulent Plants – Tips On Growing Succulents In Zone 7

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Zone 7 is not terribly extreme and most succulents will thrive in its relatively mild winters. Succulents are one of the easiest plant groups for which to care and their wide variety and charming appearance adds a quirky sense of fun to the landscape. Learn more here.

Apple Trees For Zone 7 – What Apple Trees Grow In Zone 7

By Liz Baessler

Not all apple trees will grow in all climates, and it's a good idea to pick a tree that's suited to your zone before you plant and wind up disappointed. Click this article to learn more about planting apples in zone 7 and some of the best zone 7 apples.

Zone 7 Evergreen Trees – Growing Evergreen Trees In Zone 7 Landscapes

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Although the weather in USDA plant hardiness zone 7 isn't particularly severe, it isn't uncommon for winter temperatures to fall below the freezing point. Fortunately, there are a huge number of beautiful, hardy evergreen varieties from which to choose. Learn more here.

Zone 7 Deer Resistant Shrubs: What Are Bushes That Deer Don’t Like

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

In the blink of an eye, a hungry deer can strip a large shrub of its foliage or rub huge wounds in a tree's bark. Fortunately, while certain plants attract certain animals, certain plants are also avoided by them. Find a list of zone 7 deer resistant shrubs here.

Planting Zone 7 Evergreens: Tips On Growing Evergreen Shrubs In Zone 7

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

USDA planting zone 7 a relatively moderate climate where summers aren?t blazing hot and winter cold usually isn?t severe. If you?re in the market for zone 7 evergreen shrubs, there are many plants that create interest and beauty year round. Click here for a few.

Zone 7 Garlic Planting – Learn When To Plant Garlic In Zone 7

By Amy Grant

Garlic is easy to grow and depending upon the type, thrives to USDA zones 4 or even zone 3. This means that growing garlic plants in zone 7 should be no problem for garlic devotees in that region. Click here to find out when to plant garlic and garlic varieties suited for zone 7.

Vegetables For Zone 7 – Learn About Vegetable Gardening In Zone 7

By Liz Baessler

Zone 7 is a fantastic climate for growing vegetables. With a relatively cool spring and fall and a long, hot summer, it's ideal for virtually all vegetables, as long as you know when to plant them. Learn more about planting a zone 7 vegetable garden in this article.

Zone 7 Ornamental Grasses – Learn About Various Types Of Zone 7 Grass

By Teo Spengler

All grass-like plants are included in the term ornamental grasses. If you live in zone 7 and are interested in planting ornamental grass plants, you will have a number of types to choose from. This article will help get you started with suitable grasses for zone 7.

Zone 7 Cactus: Choosing Cactus Plants For Zone 7 Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Zone 7 is actually a perfect climate and temperature range for many types of cactus. The biggest problem for zone 7 cactus is usually soil type, which should be well draining and slightly gritty. There are many cactus plants for zone 7 and this article will help with suggestions.

Zone 7 Evergreen Groundcovers – Growing Evergreen Groundcover In Zone 7

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

In zone 7, you need hardy evergreen groundcover plants for year round benefits. Choosing the right evergreen groundcovers for zone 7 will enliven the landscape and provide all the above benefits and more. Find suitable suggestions in this article.

Hardy Bamboo Plants: Growing Bamboo In Zone 7 Gardens

By Teo Spengler

Gardeners tend to think of bamboo plants as flourishing in the hottest areas of the tropics. And this is true. Some varieties are cold hardy, however, and grow in places where it snows in winter. If you live in zone 7, you?ll need to find hardy bamboo plants. Learn more here.

Zone 7 Evergreen Trees – Choosing Evergreen Trees For Zone 7 Climates

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Whether you want conifers or broadleaf specimens, evergreen trees provide lasting beauty to the landscape. Zone 7 evergreen trees span a wide range of sizes, colors and leaf types to enhance the garden. Find popular choices for this region in this article.

Zone 7 Annual Flowers – Selecting Zone 7 Annuals For The Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Who can resist spring annuals? They are often the first flowering plants in the garden. Time of last frost and hardiness are important aspects when choosing zone 7 annual flowers. Click the following article for suggestions on annuals that thrive in this zone.

Zone 7 Citrus Trees: Tips On Growing Citrus Trees In Zone 7

By Amy Grant

Many of us would love to grow our own citrus but, unfortunately, don't reside in the sunny state of Florida. The good news is that there are several hardy citrus tree varieties - being citrus trees suitable for zone 7 or even colder. Click here for zone 7 citrus trees.

Types Of Zone 7 Flowers – Learn About Zone 7 Annuals And Perennials

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Selecting suitable flowers for zone 7 climates presents a wealth of opportunities. In fact, you can grow all but the most tropical, warm-weather plants in your zone 7 climate. Click the following article to learn more about the best types of zone 7 flowers.

Zone 7 Deciduous Trees: Tips On Selecting Hardy Deciduous Trees For Zone 7

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Selecting deciduous trees for zone 7 is easy, and gardeners can choose from a very long list of beautiful, commonly planted deciduous trees. For examples of zone 7 deciduous trees and suggestions that provide fall color or summer shade, click this article.

Zone 7 Vegetable Planting: When To Plant Vegetables In Zone 7

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Planting a vegetable garden in zone 7 should be carefully timed to prevent potential frost damage that may occur if veggies are in the ground too early in spring or too late in fall. Learn some helpful tips on vegetable gardening in zone 7 in this article.

Zone 7 Bushes And Shrubs – Choosing Shrubs For Zone 7 Climates

By Teo Spengler

Choosing shrubs for zone 7 gardens is only difficult because if the vast range of appropriate candidates. You'll find zone 7 bushes and shrubs in all sizes, from groundcover to small trees. For some suggestions for popular bushes for zone 7 gardens, click here.

Zone 7 Seed Planting – Learn When To Plant Seeds In Zone 7

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Sometimes it's difficult to find that perfect window of opportunity for growing seeds, but the key is to consider weather in your specific area and the particular needs of each plant. The following article provides a few general guidelines for zone 7 seed planting.

Zone 7 Herb Plants: Choosing Herbs For Zone 7 Gardens

By Amy Grant

Residents of USDA zone 7 have a wealth of plants suited to this growing area and among these are many hardy herbs. The following article provides a list of suitable zone 7 herb plants, information about choosing herbs for zone 7 and helpful tips when growing herbs in zone 7.

Zone 7 Flower Bulbs: Planting Bulbs In Zone 7 Gardens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Zone 7 is a relatively mild region but temperatures can get to 0 degrees F. (-18 C.) on occasion, a level that may damage some bulbs. Some suggestions on the types of flowers suitable as well as tips on caring for zone 7 bulbs can help. Click here for more info.

Hardy Cover Crops – Growing Cover Crops In Zone 7 Gardens

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Cover crops add nutrients to depleted soils, prevent weeds and control erosion. Which type of cover crop you use depends on which season it is and what your specific needs are in the area and hardiness zone. In this article, we'll discuss growing cover crops in zone 7.

Zone 7 Full Sun Plants – Choosing Zone 7 Plants That Grow In Full Sun

By Liz Baessler

Not everything will grow well in zone 7, particularly in full sun. While zone 7 is far from tropical, it can be too much for some plants. Learn more about gardening in direct sunlight in zone 7, and the best plants for zone 7 full sun exposure in this article.

Zone 7 Jasmine Plants: Choosing Hardy Jasmine For Zone 7 Climates

By Teo Spengler

Jasmine looks like a tropical plant, its white blossoms bearing a wildly romantic fragrance. But in fact, true jasmine won?t bloom at all without a period of winter chill. That means that it isn't difficult to find hardy jasmine for zone 7. Learn more here.

Zone 7 Plants: Learn About Planting A Garden In Zone 7

By Teo Spengler

If you are planting a garden in zone 7, you'll be able to choose among a wide variety of veggies and flowers. This article provides information and garden tips for zone 7. Click here to learn more about planting in this zone.


Zone Seven Gardening Tips

I’ve lived in other planting zones, but I’ve enjoyed gardening in planting zone seven the most because the grow season is longer than in other areas.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about the extremely cold temperatures as you do in other locations. Instead, you must worry about the heat for approximately three to fourth months out of the year.

Dealing with heat is straight-forward:

  • Water deeply and more frequently
  • Plan accordingly to use the core gardening method
  • Provide shade during the hottest portions of the day by either planting crops appropriately to where shade is naturally provided, or by adding row covers

However, during the colder seasons of the year, you can still grow heartier crops by using a greenhouse or cold frames.

I enjoy this because I can raise fresh lettuce and spinach basically year-round in my greenhouse. The crops may grow slower, but they still produce as long as you water, fertilize, and keep the frost from them.

The greatest challenge I’ve found growing in planting zone seven is with cold weather crops. The weather can warm up quickly and unexpectedly.

Therefore, it can make it challenging to grow plants such as peas or celery which prefer cooler temperatures.

Be sure you pay attention to your frost dates to have an idea as to when you should plant cool weather crops and give them an appropriate amount of time to reach their full potential at harvest.

Keep these few tips in mind, and you should have a great start to your gardening year.

Orchard Crops

There are certain vegetables which can grow well in a variety of settings, and I’ll mention them in each of these categories.

However, there are some options which do best in one specific setting. If you’re going to create an orchard on your property, it’ll obviously contain your fruit trees. You can also include nut trees around your property as well.

Keep in mind, you can grow dwarf varieties of fruit trees in a container. Be aware when the tree needs a larger pot, make sure you water adequately, give proper care to the fruit tree to avoid pests, and make sure you move the tree indoors during the cooler months.

Here are the perfect plants for your orchard in zone seven:

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pecan
  • Black walnut

Word to the wise when planting nut trees. Make sure you plant them around plants they’re companions with.

Black walnut trees grow well in my area, but they’ll easily stop the growth of other plants around them.

For this reason, I have my orchard on one side of my property and this type of nut tree is planted together on the opposite side of the property.

Be sure to do your research prior to planting to make sure your trees don’t butt heads.

Berry Patch

If you have the room on your property for a berry patch, you have a wide variety of berries you can grow in this area.

In the event you don’t have the room, don’t feel left out. Instead, buy the small patio varieties of the berries listed below and raise your berries in a container.

Here are the berries which grow well in planting zone seven:

  • Elderberries (great for making homemade medicine)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

Herb Garden

I love my herb garden. It’s a great way to add flavor to your foods in a natural way and without the added sodium or calories you can sometimes run into when using other options.

Herb gardens are also a great way to add natural beauty to your property. In our previous home, I incorporated our herb garden into the landscape in the front of our home.

It was one of my favorite things about our previous home because I loved having an edible landscape.

Now, I have a larger plot where we grow our herbs. It’s gorgeous and a great way to keep perennial herbs safe during the winter.

Wherever you choose to grow your herbs, be aware you have quite the variety you can grow if you live in planting zone seven:

  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano

Some of the herbs mentioned above are annuals and some are perennials. Be sure to do your research when planting to make sure you separate your perennials.

This will make it easier to care for them when the cool weather hits and help them to return the next season.

Raised Bed Options

We live on a farm with ten acres. Yet, I don’t stick with one type of gardening. I’ll use container gardening for some crops during the winter in the greenhouse.

I choose traditional gardening for many of our crops during the fall and summer. Yet, I also use raised beds for some crops as well.

I’m going to share which crops may do best in raised beds. Therefore, if you live on a smaller plot of land, or if you like to mix your gardening styles, you’ll have an idea of which crops to grow:

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

Raised beds are a great option for plants which need loose soil because it’s easier to work and loosen the dirt.

Plus, it’s a great option for crops which grow up instead of bushing outward. This will allow more room for growing a variety of plants in your raised bed garden.

Trellis Options

Some crops grow better when they’re allowed to sprawl out or are supported by a trellis. Whether you’re looking for a crop you can support, one which can grow up a trellis for easier picking, or one to cover a walkway these options should be best for you:

  • Beans
  • Pumpkins
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelons
  • Cantaloupes
  • Squash

Beans are a great option for covering a walkway and also can be picked easier when up in the air. Squash and cucumbers are great for this as well.

Yet, if you’re going to grow crops which can become heavier such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or pumpkins it may be better to grow them closer to the ground with a trellis to offer support and keep the fruit from becoming rotten.

It’s also a good idea to choose the smaller varieties when using a trellis.

Container Garden

If you don’t have much of a yard (or maybe only a balcony) to raise a garden, container gardening could be a great choice for you.

I’m going to share with you the crops which do best in planting zone seven when grown in a container. Keep in mind, when searching for the crops to grow, check for the patio versions.

They usually grow smaller and do better when produced in containers verses the traditional variety of the crop.

Here’s what you should grow in a container:

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Peppers
  • Patio berry bushes
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Patio cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Dwarf fruit trees
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Squash
  • Zucchini

Separate Beds or Vineyards

There are specific crops you can grow in zone seven which do better if planted in their own beds or vineyard.

These crops are going to be a permanent crop which should return with each passing year bigger and better.

However, you should plant them in an area where they can be undisturbed for years to come. You will need a plot of land to grow these crops because they do best when planted directly into the ground.

Here’s what you can grow in their own bed or vineyard in planting zone seven:

  • Grapes
  • Muscadines
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb

Hopefully you now have an idea of the variety of edible crops you can plant if living in zone seven. You should also have an idea of where you can plant the crops of your choosing and find the greatest success.

If you provide proper care to your garden, you should have great success, and we certainly wish you all the best with your efforts this season.


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