One of the best times for planting in the Carolinas is right around the corner—glorious autumn. The cooler nights and occasional rainy days make it the perfect time to get out and dig. Start now to think about which trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals you want to include in your landscaping, but first, know (and understand), your hardiness zone.
According to the USDA, the “official” designator of hardiness zones, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Durham, NC, are in Zone 7a, which means plants need to be able to survive temperatures as low as 0˚ F. Raleigh, Greensboro, NC and Fort Mill, Greenville and Simpsonville, SC are designated as 7b, which means plants would need to be hardy to 5˚ F.
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