Although Anchorage is zoned A2, the city is composed of many microclimates. Each of them affects the types of plants you can grow in a particular location. The city’s three main microcli- mates are shown here. Banana belts (Bootleggers Cove and southeast into downtown for a couple of miles, for example) can be 25°F (14°C) warmer in winter than the coldest neighbor- hoods around Bicentennial Park. But in summer, Bicentennial Park can be 10°F (6°C) warmer on clear days. On cloudy days and at night, summer temperatures are similar throughout Anchor- age. If you garden in one of the city’s cold pockets, grow plants zoned for A1. If you’re in a warm spot, you may succeed with plants that few people would expect to see north of Homer (A3). In moderate locations, use plants zoned for A2.