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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 Pastel Border Idea for Your Spring Garden

This harmonious spring border has been realized with 4 award-winning flowering bulbs.

A Pastel Border Idea with Astilbes, Hemerocallis and Geranium

This soft plant palette of pastel colors can be enjoyed from early to late summer and includes a few easy-to-grow perennial plants. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.

A Pastel Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Daffodils & Forget-Me-Nots

An enchanting scenery that can be easily replicated at home!

A Perfect Entrance

It is amazing how trailing flowers can add a sense of romance to any spot. Here, the simple and symmetrical entrance of this Mediterranean home is softened by the Clematis, cascading from the front porch in pink swathes delicately swaying in the summer br

A Perfect Garden Decor with Grasses and Verbena

Easy care, drought and deer tolerant!

A Perfect Garden Decor with Roses

Perfect for bringing welcome color to dull walls, privacy screens or fences, they provide an element of beauty to any outdoor structure and create fabulous backdrops. Aside from their amazingly beautiful flowers, they also give off a sweet fragrance and easily add a touch of romanticism to bare settings

A Perfect Summer Border with Grasses and Verbena

Long season of interest and easy care!

A Perfect Summer Border with Grasses, Echinacea and Achillea

This pretty informal border is composed of vigorous grasses and perennials which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from early summer until fall.

A Perfect Summer Border with Tiger Lilies, Echinacea and Sea Holly

Who can resist a border overflowing with colorful perennial flowers? Fairly easy to replicate, this festive border includes a few spectacular elements which provide striking color and contrast to the perennial border

A Prairie Planting Idea with Easy Care Annuals and Perennials

This soft, naturalistic planting is designed to inspire gardeners to support local wildlife. Incorporating wildlife friendly areas into our gardens is very important. Bees, bugs and butterflies all help in the pollination process, as well creating balanced ecosystems. This luminous prairie style planting associates a wonderful mix of easy care annuals, perennials and ornamental grasses for a long-lasting summer display.

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Eryngium

Perfect for dry and sandy soils, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) and elegant Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue).

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Salvia

Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue) and those of Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage).

A Prairie Planting Idea with Helenium, Rudbeckia and Grasses

The charm and appeal of this prairie planting comes from the glowing beauty of its flowers and from the grace of its ornamental grasses. Planted in masses and drifts of color, rudbeckia, crocosmia, helenium, echinacea, eryngium create drama and impact. Blooming in succession over a long season, they are interplanted with stipa and calamagrostis for a naturalistic meadow effect. These grasses will provide a great show in fall after the flowers are long gone.

A Prairie Style Garden Idea with Echinacea, Veronicastrum and Sedum

This perennial border is brimming with a colorful, naturalistic planting. It is the perfect tranquil setting in which to relax and enjoy a summer day with friends and family. Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!

A Pretty and Long-Lasting Garden Idea with Outstanding Plants

This fascinating border has been created by landscape architect, Dina Deferme, for her own garden. Get inspired and re-create the same relaxed atmosphere in your own garden. Most plants are drought tolerant, deer or rabbit resistant and enjoy a very long season of interest.

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 Duo to Try: Asclepias and Geranium

Fairly easy to replicate, this attractive plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this eye-catching plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Duo with Clematis and Lilies

The pale lavender-blue flowers of Clematis 'Emilia Plater' are beautifully combined with the strongly recurved, dark crimson flowers of Lilium 'Black Beauty'. The two plants are extraordinarily vigorous and floriferous.

A Pretty Flower Carpet for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Reigning as supreme ground covers in the mid to late spring garden, Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violet) and Corydalis (Fumewort) intermingle to create a wonderful floral tapestry. Part shade lovers, they are perfect to underplant shrubs and roses or to brighten up woodland gardens. Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it!

A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Asters, Helenium, and Grasses

Create a fantastic display in your garden in late summer or fall with easy-to-grow perennials and a few ornamental grasses. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will glow for weeks.

A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Asters, Roses and Grasses

Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow perennials make a striking contrast to the soft autumnal hues of the grasses. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.

A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Kniphofia, Monkshood and Grasses

Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow plants will enlighten your garden for weeks. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.