Regions / Eastern Washington
Selecting plants suited to the Eastern Washington climate is a key step to success.
A plant's performance is governed by many climate-related factors, including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind, or humidity. 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). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance but also on precipitations, wind, humidity, and various other climate-related factors.
Eastern Washington belongs to Climate Zones 1 through 3. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.
A Lovely Backyard Retreat with Achillea, Festuca and Grasses
A plant combination which is long-lasting, drought tolerant and low care. Enjoy weeks of color while doing virtually nothing!
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.
Flowers and Herbs for a Rock Garden
This charming rock garden combines easy-to-grow annuals, perennials, and herbs in a pretty mix of forms and colors. All plants are deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and low maintenance. Some make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home and others will give a magnificent taste to your cuisine.
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 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 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!
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'
A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!
A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips
Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.
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 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.