How to Find Your Zone & Cold Hardy Plants
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Durango is generally classified as a 5b or 6a, Bayfield a 5 (a-b) while Silverton, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, and surrounding areas are closer to a 2 or 3! Farmington is a 6 and Moab is a 7! With our extremely confusing climate, it is important to remember that these are generalizations that will not include your yard's consistent winter temperatures due to location and winter sun exposure. Your yard's zone should be determined based on observations of your yard's average winter temperature. To guarantee the success of your plantings, choose plants with a zone lower than your yards.
If you live in Durango use Chapman Hill as a reference. Due to its proximity to the river and its minimal exposure to sunlight in winter, it is capable of staying colder and reaching colder temperatures hence it is a great place for snowy fun! If you plant a Zone 6 plant on that hill, it will most likely not emerge from dormancy in spring. However, a zone 6 plant could live happily on the southern side of the hill or up at the college.
Our USDA Zones do not always include "outlier" data or extremes. It can be very important to the livelihood of your yard to plant plants with an Zone much lower than your environments! We have listed some of the most Hardy plants that we try to carry a large inventory of!