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Tropical South

Selecting plants suited to the Tropical 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 Tropical South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 10 through 12.

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




A Sparkling Tropical Garden with Architectural plants

Quite colorful, this tropical garden is low maintenance and requires little attention to thrive. Most plants are very architectural and are laid out in a tapestry of striking colors, shapes and textures.

A Spectacular Summer Planting Idea with Dahlia, Zinnia, Chinese Aster and Ammi visnaga

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. If kept regularly dead-headed, this striking plant combination should last until frost!

A Stunning Plant Combination Idea

Create a beautiful garden with this colorful and long-lasting plant combination idea that will enchant your borders for weeks from early summer to fall.

A Stunning Plant Combination Idea with Dahlia and Sage

Create a beautiful garden with this colorful and long-lasting plant combination idea that will enchant your borders from early summer to fall

A Terrific Mediterranean Garden with Color and Texture

This garden is a spectacular tapestry that weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants.

An Easy Plant Combination Idea

Long-lasting and low care!

An Easy Summer Planting Idea with Lantana and Ornamental Grasses

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. Gloriously teaming up with the brightly colored flower clusters of Lantana camara, are the long arching plumes of Pennisetum setaceum (Purple Fountain Grass) which sway gracefully in the summer breeze. Both plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, and require very little care.

An Easy Summer Planting Idea with Sage and Ornamental Grasses

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home.

An Elegant Front Garden

This spectacular front yard is a beautiful marriage of colors, shapes and textures. These creative plantings raise interest and confer a rich and casual elegance to the area.

An Eye-Catching Mediterranean Entrance

Drought tolerant, this Mediterranean front yard displays a pretty combination of succulents which fill the garden with color and texture year round.

An Eye-Catching Mediterranean Garden with Agave, Aloe and Pincushion

This drought resistant Mediterranean garden is low maintenance and requires little water to thrive. The plants consist of south US natives, succulents and drought-hardy plants from the Southern Hemisphere, laid out in broad drifts of striking colors and textures.

An Eye-Catching Succulent Garden

This eye-catching garden weaves together succulents and other drought-tolerant plants for a long-lasting impact. Color and texture highlight this landscape creation, where bold plants like Agave americana (Century Plant), Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree) or the gigantic Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos flavidus) draw attention with their sculptural forms.

Eye Catching Retaining Walls and Staircases

A colorful, vibrant, yet low maintenance way to ornate your walls, staircases or raised beds

Playa La Vista

This small condo backyard, originally a steep hill and not a useable space, has been beautifully terraced by Pat Brodie Landscape Design with stone and includes succulents, seasonal color, and drought tolerant plants.

Softening Path Edges With Ajuga reptans

Ajuga reptans or Bugleweed has been selected here by Arthur Lathouris, an Australian award-winning landscape designer, to soften the path edges leading visitors to the house through the front garden and around the back garden.