Confused on hardy zone...
So I'm in the Naagara region (Welland), wedged in between the great lakes. I know we have a warmer zone than all other areas around us.
I really REALLY want a LIttle Gem Magnolia which I've read is 5-9, 6-9, 7-10...so real clear information on that...regardless...I'm obviously having a hard time locating one in my area.
I've been contemplating order through mail order but would hate for it to die, despite any attempts to baby it through the winter.
Well...I've wondered, how cold does it get here exactly?! I've done a weather history search for Welland and to my surprise...the coldest its been in the last 3 years is only -12C (10F) which from my understanding means zone 8a/7b...and this was only a few days over the last few years...average tempreature is about -4C (24F)
Am I in a weird microclimate or is global warming really catching up to us?
I don't want to go out and buy a palm tree and a ton of tropical plants but I'm really drawn to a lot of zone 7 plants/trees/shrubs (Crape Myrtle, Heavenly Bamboo, to name a few)....
comments, opinions and advice is welcome!