Know Your Zone
First, you need to know your zone. Do you know what Plant Hardiness Zone you live in? While the zones are approximate and not absolute, they are a great guide to help you determine which plants will thrive and achieve their optimal hardiness.
For example, we live in Alexandria, VA which is Zone 7. When looking for the best vegetables to grow in our zone, I will always search for Zone 7.
You can either view your zone below or use the USDA’s interactive map --> https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/Default.aspx