Zone 8

USDA Hardiness Zone 8 encompasses regions with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 10°F to 20°F (-12°C to -7°C). This zone includes parts of the southern United States, such as areas in Texas, Georgia, and the Pacific Northwest. Gardeners in Zone 8 benefit from a long growing season, typically lasting from March to November. The mild winters and warm summers support a diverse range of plants, including many perennials, shrubs, and trees. Successful gardening in Zone 8 involves selecting plants that can tolerate both the mild winter and the hot, often humid summer conditions, ensuring a productive and vibrant garden throughout the year.

What is the climate like in Zone 8?

Zone 8 experiences average minimum winter temperatures between 10°F and 20°F (-12°C to -7°C). While winters are generally mild compared to colder zones, occasional freezes can still occur, posing a risk to sensitive plants. Gardeners must select plants that can handle these brief cold spells and provide protection as needed during unexpected frosts​.

The growing season in Zone 8 typically spans from March to November, offering a lengthy period for plant growth. While this extended season allows for a diverse range of crops and ornamental plants, it also requires careful management to ensure continuous productivity and to avoid plant fatigue.

Summers in Zone 8 can be extremely hot, often reaching into the 90s°F (30s°C) and sometimes higher. High temperatures, combined with humidity in some areas, can stress plants, leading to heat stress and increased water requirements. Mulching, adequate irrigation, and selecting heat-tolerant plant varieties are essential strategies to mitigate these challenges.

Precipitation in Zone 8 can vary greatly, ranging from dry periods to heavy rainfalls. This variability necessitates effective water management practices, such as installing efficient irrigation systems, using rain barrels, and ensuring proper drainage to prevent waterlogging and root rot during heavy rains​.

The warm and humid conditions in Zone 8 create an environment where pests and diseases can thrive. Common issues include aphids, spider mites, fungal infections, and bacterial diseases. Implementing integrated pest management (IPM) practices, such as crop rotation, use of beneficial insects, and selecting disease-resistant plant varieties, can help manage these problems.

What is the recommended planting schedule?

Below, you can see the recommended planting schedule for vegetables and herbs.


Plant Sow seeds indoor Transplanting to outdoor Harvesting Month Last date
Cucumber May 9 May 16 July 10 August 3
Brussels Sprouts March 7 March 14 June 2 August 27
Tomato April 18 April 23 June 17 August 21
Spinach January 17 January 27 March 2 November 23
Beets March 28th April 7th May 27th October 10th
Zucchini May 3 May 10 June 19 August 22
Cabbages May 9 May 16 July 15 July 29
Potato March 28 April 7 June 6 September 30
Radish February 21 February 26 March 25 November 1
Broccoli March 11 March 21 May 15 October 13
Carrot March 6 March 20 June 12 Sept 3
Cauliflower February 11 February 18 April 8 October 18
Onion January 22 February 1 May 21 August 2


Plant Sow seeds indoor Transplanting to outdoor Harvesting Month Last date
Marjoram April 2 April 9 May 14 September 21
Parsley February 5 February 25 April 15 October 15
Dill April 30 May 10 June 7 September 2
Fennel February 4 February 18 May 6 September 20
Sage March 30 April 9 June 8 August 27
Thyme All year All year All year All year
Oregano February 19 February 26 April 11 October 15
Mustard March 19 March 26 April 25 October 24
Mint April 19 April 29 June 28 August 11
Lavender February 12 February 26 April 6 October 20
Rosemary January 12 January 27 April 16 October 9
Ginger N/A N/A N/A N/A
Basil April 15 April 25 June 14 August 30
Cilantro March 13 March 20 July 11 August 8