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Lower South

Selecting plants suited to the Lower South 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 Lower South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8 and in AHS Heat Zones 7 through 9.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




A Fabulous Duo: Salvia 'Caradonna' and Penstemon 'Rich Ruby'

This plant pairing uses 2 spectacular, upright perennial plants with contrasting flower colors and shapes. Both plants are deer or rabbit resistant, drought tolerant and are top performers

A Fabulous Duo: Tulip 'Angelique' & Tulip 'Mount Tacoma'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Fabulous Duo: Tulip 'Carnaval de Nice' & Tulip 'Blue Diamond'

In need of an eye catching attraction in your bed or borders in late spring? Why don't you try this bulb combination?

A Fabulous Fall Border with Anemone, Verbena and Sanguisorba

Looking for a naturalistic midsummer or fall border that would also be airy, low care and with a long season of interest? You found it.

A Fabulous Garden Retreat where to Relax!

Get inspired by this lovely garden retreat to create yours! Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and tan shades that are soothing to the eye

A Fabulous Perennial Meadow Planting Idea

A relatively low-growing combination of plants that makes the most of a poor soil!

A Fabulous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Echinacea and Agastache

This naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets to butterflies and hummingbirds.

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Moist Soils and Shady Gardens

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! Most plants are low maintenance, trouble-free and ignored by deer and rabbits!

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Astrantia, Iris Sibirica and Carex

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Great masterwort (Astrantia major) with the royal-blue vertical blossoms of Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and the shimmering golden blades of Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea')

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Candelabra Primroses and Siberian Irises

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and eye-catching blossoms of Candelabra Primroses with the vibrant, violet blue flowers of Siberian Irises

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Water Iris, Carex and Primroses

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! All 3 plants have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities

A Fabulous Planting Idea with Grasses and Sage

Colorful and rich in textures! Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. All plants are deer, rabbit and drought tolerant. Undemanding and easy to grow, they require little maintenance and enjoy a very long season of interest

A Fabulous Spring Container Idea

A gorgeous way of celebrating the return of Spring!

A Fabulous Summer Border Idea with Grasses and Dahlias

A long-lasting and low care summer border!

A Fabulous Summer Planting Idea with Grasses, Agastache and Persicaria

A mixture of ornamental grasses and perennials, this prairie style planting has been designed by world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, and is part of his impressive creations at RHS Wisley.

A Fabulous Trio: Rose 'Lady of Shalott', Achillea & Nepeta

Growing roses by themselves would be an open invitation to the pests and diseases that favor roses. Roses are healthier when we provide them with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs and pests while encouraging beneficial insects.

A Fall Long-Lasting Pair

Here is a lovely way to introduce waves of colors in your fall garden!

A Fantastic Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it!

A Fantastic Long Blooming Hedge

Add splashes of color to your hedges to make them eye-catching!