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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 Lovely Border Idea for the Mid-Late Spring Garden

If your heart is set on a multicolored effect rather than a harmonious border in a single color, you could consider this combination, where flowering is spread over a longer period

A Lovely Border Idea for Your Late Spring Garden

3 beautiful flowering varieties for a ravishing scenery!

A Lovely Border Idea with Achillea, Agapanthus and Grasses

This charming summer border is a marriage of colors, shapes and textures. Fairly easy to replicate at home, it combines the blue rounded clusters of Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) with the rich golden-yellow trumpets of Hemerocallis 'Bonanza' (Daylily) and the flat, honey-colored umbels of Achillea 'Walther Funcke' (Yarrow).

A Lovely Duo for your Late Summer Garden: Japanese Anemones and Oriental Lilies

Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.

A Lovely Fragrant Path

Adorned with lavender in full bloom on either side, this path leads to a lovely focal point, an angel statue, which brings interest and a tempting destination.

A lovely Hedge Idea with Sword-Lilies and Foxtail Lilies

Wouldn't you just love to relax and enjoy the passing summer in this welcoming garden, replete with this subtle mix of soft colors?

A Lovely Mediterranean Path

Adorned with lavender in full bloom on either side, this ravishing gravel path features superb Portugal Laurel trees (Prunus lusitanica) clipped into neat mushroom shapes. Two evergreen companions that offer multi-season interest, beauty, fragrance and enable gardeners from cool winter areas to enjoy the true Mediterranean look in their garden.

A Lovely Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Perovskia and Miss Willmott's Ghost

Fast growing while bumblebees and butterflies dance attendance, all these perennial plants are low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, and make excellent cut flowers.

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies

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

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies and Irises

A border of mixed herbaceous peonies is always an image of beauty and elegance!

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies, Purple Cranesbill and Loosestrife

This lovely perennial combination will make your garden sing in late spring - early summer. Simple to replicate at home

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Peonies, Roses and Sage

This English-style border brims with gorgeous blooms such as scarlet peonies, soft pastel roses, purple salvias and tall spikes of Digitalis purpurea. More than enough to make the garden sing from late spring to fall.

A Lovely Spring Border Idea with Siberian Irises and Oriental Poppies

This garden bursts with early season color and elegant, frilly flowers. Only two ingredients have been used: Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and Oriental Poppies (Papaver orientale). Easy to grow, both these perennial plants require little care while providing a charming floral display.

A Low Maintenance Summer Idea for your Borders with Bulbs, Perennials & Grasses

A very interesting border idea for sunny dry spots of the landscape. Easy to grow and low maintenance, all plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant and virtually pest and disease free. Enjoy!

A Luminous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida and Agastache

Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous plant combination brilliantly associates the elegant, soft pink Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) with the vertical white spires of Agastache rugosa f. albiflora (Giant Hyssop)

A Luminous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida and Veronicastrum

This pretty and low-care perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of two vigorous perennials which will add drama in your garden from mid to late summer.

A Luminous Prairie Planting Idea for Your Summer

Wouldn't you love your sunny borders to look like this in late spring or early summer? Low maintenance and easy to grow, all these prolific bloomers will bring fireworks of color to your landscape!