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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 Cheerful Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

Bringing color before most plants have ventured a leaf above ground, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. But rather than let these charming beauties bloom lonesomely in a bare patch, give them companion plants and layer your plantings for maximum drama.

A Cheerful Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Jan Reus' and Daffodil 'Falconet'

For a cheerful displayl! Easy to replicate, this bulb combination includes 2 gardener's favorites that will provide a joyful display to cheer you up and impress your neighbors in mid spring!

A Cheerful Spring Duo: Tulip Mona Lisa & Wallfowers

Tulips are popular for growing with biennials to create attractive shape and color contrasts in spring. Two traditional partners are Wallflowers (Erysimum) and Forget Me Nots (Myosotis) which contribute to easily create superb combinations.

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Heliopsis

Try tearing your eyes away! Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes 3 gaily-colored Dahlias, a caramel and gold Helenium (Sneezeweed) and the profuse sunny, fluffy pompons of False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Perennials

The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.

A Cheerful Summer Planting Idea with Dahlia, Cosmos, Echinacea and Ammi visnaga

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes lovely ingredients. Valued for their soft pink blossoms, Dahlias are beautifully leaping up out of a froth of pure white Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) and gloriously team up with the cheerful blossoms of Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) and Cosmos.

A Cheerful Winter Border Idea with Hellebores and Cyclamens

Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.

A Coastal Cottage garden

Isn't this a very desirable coastal cottage garden? Most impressionist painters would have surely fallen for it!

A Colorful Border Idea for Your Early-Mid Spring Garden

Sunny colors for the early-mid spring garden!

A Colorful Early Spring Combination

In this deer and rabbit resistant plant combination, all plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding merits!

A Colorful Front Walk

Add splashes of color and fragrance to your path!

A Colorful Garden Path

Create beautiful garden paths or walkways with these 3 outstanding mat-forming perennials, all of them with so profuse blooms that they completely obscure their handsome, semi-evergreen foliage!

A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants

If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.

A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Hemerocallis, Hosta and Alchemilla

This plant combination includes 7 gorgeous Daylilies with different flowering seasons for a longer display. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, most plants will enchant you and your garden year after year

A Colorful Summer Planting Idea with Achillea, Agastache, Eremurus & Nepeta

Long-lasting and low maintenance! Variety and contrast bring interest to any planting. This colorful plant combination is a perfect example of it

A Contemporary Provencal Courtyard

Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path.

A Cottage Garden in Seekonk

This adorable four-seasons cottage garden is a beautiful invitation to savory moments of contentment and relaxation.

A Distinctive Spring Border with Tulip 'Negrita', Tulip 'Spring Green' & Tulip 'Menton'

A stunning combination that will make your garden look fantastic!

A Dramatic Entryway

Want a dramatic front yard? And privacy from the neighbors? Why don't you follow the steps of Joel Loblaw in the layered approach to this Tudor-style home's entryway.

A Dream Outdoor Space

What a lovely outdoor space with the elegant white pergola covering this home's front porch...