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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 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 Spring Container Idea

A gorgeous way of celebrating the return of Spring!

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!

A Festive Border Idea for your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Adds delightful splashes of color and fragrance to the landscape!

A Flamboyant Spring Border idea with Tulip' Ballerina' & Tulip 'Orange Princess'

Orange flush! Two orange-superstars with very different personas make quite the duo in the late season garden

A Flower Carpet for Your Early Spring Garden

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Persian Violets and Snowdrops in the fall. Low maintenance, they will naturalize well!

A Fragrant and Colorful Summer Border Idea

This Mediterranean climate border is almost overwhelming in its profusion of colors, shapes and textures. All plants are deer and drought resistant.

A Fragrant and Long-Lasting Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it! Both plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding merits

A Fragrant Garden Haven Idea

Dreaming of a resting spot where you could surround yourself with fragrance, color and beauty?

A Fragrant Garden Retreat Idea

Dreaming of a resting spot where you could surround yourself with fragrance, color and beauty? Why don't you inspire yourself from this vignette and re-create a similar garden haven?

A Fragrant Garden Retreat With Roses

Dreaming of a resting spot where you could surround yourself with fragrance, color and beauty?

A Fragrant Getaway

A wonderful and simple getaway in the garden! A bench placed under an arbor, heavily covered with large, romantic roses. The perfect spot in which to read a book or relax while enjoying the light fragrance of the flowers.