Gardening in Suffolk

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map places Suffolk in zone 8a. Photo source:


Suffolk is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8a

Suffolk is a great place for gardening! We want to help you achieve success with your gardening endeavors. When planning to garden in Suffolk, these are the basics you need to know:

In zone 8a, the minimum temperature rarely goes below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, making it an ideal climate for plants that prefer mild conditions.

We have a transitional climate that allows for gardening all year round. From drought to hurricanes, plants in the region need to be flexible when it comes to the amount of water they need and can handle. Keep this in mind when planning your landscape.

The soil in Suffolk is generally sandy. Choosing plants that enjoy this type of soil, or amending the soil to improve its structure, can help keep your garden healthy. The Virginia Cooperative Extension recommends having your soil tested to determine how best to accommodate the plantings in your plan. Learn more about getting your soil tested at the Virginia Tech Soil Testing Lab.

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