Plant Recommendations Zones 6-8

USDA Zones 6 through 8 cover areas of the country where the winter low temperatures seldom go below – 10 degrees F.

The following are examples of edibles for your landscape in Zones 6 to 8:

Annual Vegetables and Edible Flowers -

cool season/ can withstand light frosts – all greens including: rainbow chards, mustards; cabbages, lettuces, kales etc.; flower bud vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower; root vegetables: carrots, beets, radishes, etc; plus peas, nasturtiums, calendulas, pansies, and winter wheat.

Warm season/ no frost tolerance – beans, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, okra, peanuts, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, slicing and cherry tomatoes.


Herbaceous perennials – artichokes, asparagus, cardoon, prickly pear cactus, rhubarb, strawberries.

Woody trees, shrubs and vines - almonds, apples, apricots, bamboo, blueberries, blackberries, sweet and sour cherries, chestnut, most citrus, elderberries, figs (Zone 8 only), filberts, grapes, hickory, hops, jujube, kiwis, loquat, lotus (with winter protection), maple (zone 6 only), mulberry, paw paw, pears, European and Japanese olive, pecan, American and Japanese persimmons, plums, peaches and nectarines, pineapple guava, pomegranates, quince, raspberries, tea (zone 8 only), walnuts.


Cool season annuals/ can withstand light frosts – cilantro, parsley

Warm season/no frost tolerance – basils, anise hyssop

Perennials – bay (zone 8 only), chives, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary (zones 7 and 8), saffron, sage, sorrel, and French and lemon thyme.

July 16, 2010 - 6:24 pm

Pam Wilson - If you are ever in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Central Bloomers Garden Club would welcome you as a guest speaker. Your gardens are wonderful.

Thank you for your time.

Pam Wilson
Central Bloomers


August 22, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Lisa Mazzuca - Hello Ms. Creasy!

I garden in Zone 7 on the New Jersey Shore. I wrote you last year asking about the hardiness of a Wonderful pomegranate and if I might have luck growing it here. Though it did defoliate over the winter, it came back strong this year and is becoming a nice little shrub in the front yard. Hopefully it will be substantial enough to survive this winter as well.

I’ve done it again and feel like I’m dangerously close to pushing my planting zone’s limits. I purchased 2 pineapple guava shrubs from an online nursery and am hoping to use them as south facing foundation plantings to replace a couple of large hostas that get fried in that location in the summer heat.

I want you to know what an inspiration you are for me and I love the interviews I’ve had the pleasure to see on youtube. Though I don’t have your most recent volume of Edible Landscaping, I am reading an earlier publication of the book and appreciate the design elements as well as the information about the plants you recommend.

Thank you for all you do and for sharing it with the world!
Lisa Mazzuca

August 24, 2012 - 8:52 am

Rosalind Creasy - Thanks Lisa,
We’ll all “root” for your pineapple guavas. The first 2 years are the most important for the plants to survive the freezing weather so extra protection will give them a better chance. After 2 years, the plant is more established and has more stored reserves. When they bloom remember to taste the pineapple flower petals. (You will not impact the fruit production as the only part you eat are the outside petals.) I personally think they are the most delicious of all edible flowers.
Good luck and thanks for the update, Ros