Regions / New England
Selecting plants suited to the New England climate is a key step to success.
Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).
The New England region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7 and in AHS Heat Zones 1 through 3. Weather varies dramatically from state to state and season to season. However, generally speaking, this region enjoys 4 distinct seasons characterized by short springs, hot and humid summers, along the coasts but cool in the mountains, cool falls, and long and harsh winters with heavy snow and sometimes ice storms.
If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.
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!
An Eye-Catching Spring Border with Irises, Foxgloves and Poppies
Easy to replicate and relatively low maintenance, this plant combination is deer resistant and will put a smile on your face for many weeks! Most plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
A Long-Lasting Summer Garden Idea with Marigold and Sage
This summer garden idea combines easy-to-grow annuals and perennials in a pretty 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 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 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!
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'
A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
A Pretty Border Idea with Alliums and Persicaria
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. In this sunny border, the striking and architectural, ball-shaped, violet-lilac blossoms of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion) look fantastic popping up through the lower-growing, pink Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' (Bistort). A wonderful pairing which is also rich in benefits.
A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Bleeding Hearts
The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.
A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Double Early Tulips & Muscari
Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!
A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Brilliant Tulips and Cotinus
Create spectacular spring borders like this one. Underplant the spectacular Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Smokebush) with the glowing blossoms of Tulip 'Orange Emperor' for a magnificent display in early to mid-spring.
A Luminous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida and Veronicastrum
This pretty and low-care perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of two vigorous perennials which will add drama in your garden from mid to late summer.
A Summer Border Idea with Hibiscus and Roses
Get inspired by this colorful garden idea noted for its long season of interest and attractive mix of shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. Easy to grow, most plants are drought tolerant, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, are deer and rabbit resistant and recipients of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Hibiscus and Grasses
Get inspired by this colorful garden idea noted for its long season of interest and attractive mix of shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. An excellent garden idea for the sunny landscape. Easy to grow, most plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and are deer resistant. As an added bonus, many of these plants are recipients of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
A Splendid Fall Border Idea with Penstemon, Asters and Grasses
Valued primarily for their fall colors, Asters bear a profusion of attractive star-shaped flowers for weeks that cheerfully enliven the late season garden. Available in a wide array of heights, they are useful in the back, middle or front sections of the border.
A Hot Summer Border Idea with Dahlia, Crocosmia and Aster
The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.