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Which Plant Zone Are You In

in Tips and Tutorials

Gardening is an activity that comes with many benefits, including exercise, exposure to the outdoors, as well as the enjoyment of the fruits of your labour, literally! However, to ensure your garden flourish, it is important to know which garden or hardiness zone you are planting in, and which plants will thrive in that zone. 

Per Natural Resources Canada, there are currently 19 zones divided across the nation.  For urban cities like Surrey BC, which is categorized as Zone 8b, the range of species that will grow hardy are approximately 185 species! For the average gardener, that is a lot of variety and can be a little overwhelming. 

Some of the most popular plants you will see in many garden centres in Surrey include: 



Flowering plants come in a variety of colour, shapes and sizes. Although they may belong to the same "Species", their varieties can range over 100 and more for some. Fragrances range from sweet to bitter and from mild to pungent. Combining the flowers and foliage you grow in your Surrey garden, can create spectacular displays in water vase bouquets and oasis sponge arrangements.

  • Crocuses
  • Dahliahs
  • Cornflowers
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lilies 
  • Agastache Hybrida (Acapulco Trio)
  • Peonies
  • Rhododendrons
  • Sedum
  • Shasta Daisies 
  • Tulips
  • Hostas 
  • Lilacs
  • Wisteria
  • Zinnias

Growing your own fruits and vegetables provides many benefits. The freshness of your produce is probably the number one benefit. Knowing exactly what went into the soils, and the elements around the garden, can provide you with peace of mind that your produce is organic. The satisfaction of picking something fresh off the vine, is one that can only be described as exhilarating.

  • Watermelon
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Herbs (Sage, Rosemary, Thyme)
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Parsnips
  • Lettuce
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant
  • Pumpkins

Having a garden in Surrey can be easy and rewarding. By visiting your local garden centre, you can pick up the colours, smells, tastes and textures that attract you the most. Being prepared by knowing which zone you are in, helps you to know which soils, light exposure and watering habits you will need for your garden to flourish. 

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