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Upper South

Selecting plants suited to the Upper 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 Upper South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6 and in AHS Heat Zones 2 through 8. It typically enjoys four distinct seasons. Rain and snowfall tends to be evenly distributed throughout the seasons.

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




A Beautiful Lawn Idea with Chionodoxa, Anemone Blanda & Muscari Azureum

A lovely way of 'coloring' a lawn in early-mid spring!

A Breathtaking Duo

Great for small gardens, borders, containers or in a vase!

A Brilliant Summer Border Idea with Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna Lilies

Set your garden border ablaze for weeks from midsummer to fall with 3 outstanding plants: Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna. 

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination

A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.

A Charming Border Idea with Alliums, Garden Pinks & Wallflowers

Here is a charming plant combination that can be enjoyed for weeks and is fairly easy to replicate at home. It combines the cheerful and sometimes unusual blossoms of Alliums, Garden Pinks, Sage and Wallflowers for a color explosion from late spring to late summer. Add a few Stonecrops (Sedums) to extend the color fireworks into fall!

A Charming Duo

Two breathtaking beauties for a duo that is easy to re-create at home in borders, containers or in a vase!

A Charming Garden Idea with Thyme, Lavender and Other Shrubs

This charming garden includes ribbons of soft color in a romantic planting style and timeless simplicity. Packed with deer and drought resistant plants, this garden is a delight in terms of fragrance, forms and texture.

A Charming Late Summer Garden Idea with Japanese Anemone, Sedum and Grass

This late summer tapestry has been created by weaving together late season perennials and ornamental grasses. Rather than each having their own space, the partners each mingle, encroach and intertwine on and with the other as a reflection of their perfect marriage.

A Charming Late Summer Garden Idea with Japanese Anemones and Mountain Fleece

Bejeweled with Japanese Anemones and Mountain fleece, this late summer planting idea includes just a few plants that will bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most.

A Charming Late Summer to Fall Duo: Japanese Anemones & Asters

This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from late summer to fall. A classic and vibrant mix of contrasting pink and purple for the late season perennial border. Perfect for wet soils. Deer and rabbit resistant too!

A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Candelabra Primroses, Fern and Bugle

An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy in mid to late spring. Most plants are deer resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. They are all low maintenance.

A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Hydrangea, Japanese Maple and Boxwood

Easy on the eyes, this simple and elegant plant combination is a pleasure to live with. Perfect for the shade garden, its refreshing plant palette of green and white plants provides a cooling and pleasing effect. An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy from spring to fall. Most plants are rabbit resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. Enjoy!

A Charming Summer to Fall Duo: Achillea & Aster

This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from mid summer to fall.

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Achillea and Digitalis

Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, this summer border, awash with colors and shapes, is really fascinating. A few perennials were used to create this striking look

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Artemisia

A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and blue shades that are soothing to the eye. All plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Enjoy!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Echinacea

A simple and easy plant combination to create for a lovely and unforgettable spectacle! Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Clematis and Artemisia

Attractive to butterflies but ignored by deer!

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).