Regions / South
Selecting plants suited to the climate of the South region 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 South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 2 through 12. With the exception of a few high-elevation areas, most of the South experiences extremely hot summers with high humidity, and mild winters. Because of the intense heat and humidity, perennial gardening is mostly confined to lightly shaded areas.
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 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 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!
Attractive to butterflies but ignored by deer!
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.
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!
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.
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).
The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.
This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes lovely ingredients. Valued for their soft pink blossoms, Dahlias are beautifully leaping up out of a froth of pure white Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) and gloriously team up with the cheerful blossoms of Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) and Cosmos.
Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.
A glorious mix of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact. Blooming over a long season extending from late spring to fall, bright red and pink Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthus) cheerfully contrast with the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae) and the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata'.
Sunny colors for the early-mid spring garden!
Awash with color, this walkway combines striking Mediterranean plants for a long-lasting floral display. All plants are evergreen and their pretty form and attractive foliage fill the garden year-round. Low maintenance, they are drought, tolerant and deer resistant.
If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.