Q. Spring is coming. I live in Putnam County, NY and want to confirm my "zone" as well as what plants are native to the are

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Putnam County is divided between zone 6a (most of the county) and 6b (along the Hudson River and in the south). You can enter your zip code in this interactive map from the USDA to determine the correct zone for your address.

There are some excellent resources you can access to learn more about native plants in our area. The NYBG guide Natural habitats: Gardening with Native Plants is a good place to start. It includes plant lists for various purposes and locations.

A more extensive list of plants native to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania appropriate to a home garden is available from PlantNative. They also offer a Native Plant Nursery Finder.

I also suggest a visit to NYBG's Native Plants Garden during the growing season for ideas on native garden styles and plant combinations you may want to try at home.

Good luck with your garden planning!

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information

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  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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