Zone 6 is a region in the United States where temperatures are generally warm enough to support most types of plants. However, there are some species that do not thrive well here. These include many ornamental orchids and succulents, which cannot tolerate high heat or extreme cold conditions. Other common plant problems found in zone 6 include spider mites, scale insects and powdery mildew (which causes white spots).
The following tips will help you choose the best plants for your garden:
1) Choose plants with bright colors.
Bright colors attract butterflies and other pollinators, so they provide a boost to your local economy. If you have a large area to work with, consider planting some flowers along with your succulent orchid. You’ll get lots of visitors from all over the world when they see these beautiful blooms!
2) Avoid those “tropical” looking plants.
Most of them are actually grown indoors, and they’re usually just too hot or cold for their natural habitat. They may look nice in a vase, but they won’t survive outside in the wild. A few exceptions exist like the cacti and succulents, but even then it’s best to avoid indoor cultivation since these plants require very specific conditions to flourish.
3) Common plants or trees that grow naturally in your area are your best bet for sustainable gardening.
If you’re really enthusiastic about planting, ask the local farmer if he has any extra seeds. He’s probably got a whole garage full of them!
As you can see, choosing the right plants for your garden is all about selecting those that are best adapted to the climate. This applies to most places around the world, not just zone 6 in the United States.
Sources & references used in this article:
Ecology of plants in the tropics by DH Janzen – 1975 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Physiological ecology of tropical plants by U Lüttge – 2007 – books.google.com
Are tropical plants better defended? Palatability and defenses of temperate vs. tropical seaweeds by … Council (US). Panel on Underexploited Tropical Plants … – 1975 – National Academies
Endophytic fungi: hidden components of tropical community ecology by RC Bolser, ME Hay – Ecology, 1996 – Wiley Online Library
The nature of the growth response to sunlight shown by certain stoloniferous and prostrate tropical plants by AE Arnold – Tropical forest community ecology, 2008 – 184.108.40.206