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Europe - Inspiring Garden Ideas For All Gardeners

Based on the minimum ten-year average winter temperatures, plant hardiness zone maps have been progressively developed, first by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the United States and then more or less applied to the rest of the planet. The purpose of these hardiness zones is to identify how well plants will withstand the cold winter temperatures of these zones.

The European Hardiness Zone Map divides Europe into 11 zones, ranging from -51ºC to 10ºC. 

Selecting plants suited to your climate is a key step to success. If you know your hardiness zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.


A Ravishing Zen Garden

Dreaming of a Zen garden, love succulents and want drama in your small yard? Not a problem! This project is a great example of what can be accomplished with limited space.

A Colorful and Low Maintenance Californian Garden

A glorious mix of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact. Blooming over a long season extending from late spring to fall, bright red and pink Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthus) cheerfully contrast with the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae) and the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata'.

A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Hydrangea, Japanese Maple and Boxwood

Easy on the eyes, this simple and elegant plant combination is a pleasure to live with. Perfect for the shade garden, its refreshing plant palette of green and white plants provides a cooling and pleasing effect. An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy from spring to fall. Most plants are rabbit resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. Enjoy!

A Californian Retreat

Isn't this spectacular plant combination a real masterpiece with its staggering reddish rosettes of Paddle Plants (Kalanchoe Luciae) providing a strong architectural and exotic presence in this border?

A Casual Border with Poppies, Tickseed and Mullein

This prairie-style planting combines easy-to-grow annuals and perennials in an exuberant mix of forms and colors. All plants are deer resistant, drought tolerant and low maintenance. Most make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home.

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination

A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.

A Captivating Perennial Planting with Rudbeckia, Salvia, Verbena and Antirrhinum

A long-lasting summer border with just a few ingredients for a captivating result.

A Beautiful Duo with Agave 'Blue Flame' and 'Blue Glow'

Simple but stunning, this Mediterranean duo includes two spectacular Agave hybrids. Imagine how gorgeous this duo becomes when backlit by the sun in early morning or late afternoon! 

A Lovely Mediterranean Border with Lavender and Lilies of the Nile

Rich in texture and interest, this fragrant garden border features a fresh color palette of blues and purples with the intent of cooling and calming down an outdoor area overheated after a warm summer day.

A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Heart's Delight' & Crocus 'Remembrance'

A fabulous flower carpet in early spring! Prior to the blooming of the majority of the perennials, the crocuses will be happily and busily cheering up the garden

A Four-Season Border with Evergreen Conifers and Japanese Maples

While a single Japanese maple can provide a striking focal point, when combined with other maples of different graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, the effect is spectacular. If you add a few evergreen shrubs, trees or herbaceous plants, your garden becomes a place of outstanding beauty all year long.

A Glowing Winter Border with Dogwood, Heath and Grasses

This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.

A Pretty Pathway with Grasses and Charming Perennials

A beautiful combination of ornamental grasses and perennials turn this path into a welcoming walkway. The flowing foliage of Fountain Grasses and Feather Grasses helps soften the abrupt transition between the paving and the plantings. They are paired with soft colored perennials and wave a lovely tapestry that will gracefully sway in the breeze from mid summer to fall.

A Traffic-Stopping Spring Border Idea with Bold Tulips and Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid-late spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing golden yellow tulips adorned with fiery scarlet edges, make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

An Eye-Catching Winter Border Idea with Colorful Twigs and Cyclamens

Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!

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