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Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, And Idaho

Selecting plants suited to the Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Idaho climate is a key step to success.

A plant's performance is governed by many climate related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind or humidity. 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). A more sophisticated approach has been followed by Sunset which defines Climate Zone Maps based not only on hardiness or heat tolerance, but also on precipitations, wind, humidity and various other climate related factors.

Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Idaho belong to Climate Zones 1 through 3. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.

A Terrific Fall Border with Asters, Solidago and Rudbeckia

This ravishing mixed border brings a cheerful splash of color in the late summer and fall garden. Combine the golden blossoms of Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) and glowing Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) with clouds of rich purple New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) and you will brilliantly celebrate the coming of fall.

A Terrific Spring Border with Tulip 'Orange Emperor' and Daffodil 'Sempre Avanti'

A terrific mix for mid spring! Both plants naturalize well and will come back year after year to create ideal colorful focal points in your spring garden

A Traditional and Fragrant Summer Border Idea

Shrub Roses can be combined effectively with long-blooming perennials. This superb traditional border is a good example .

A Traffic-Stopping Spring Border Idea with Bold Tulips and Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid-late spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing golden yellow tulips adorned with fiery scarlet edges, make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

A Treasured Winter Border Idea with Hellebores, Sedge and Dogwood

Create splendid winter combinations like this one. Choose easy-to-grow evergreen plants that will add texture and color to the garden from fall to spring.

A Welcoming Hedge

What a fabulous and distinctive hedge! All plants won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Fragrant and easy to grow, they require little maintenance

Add Sparkles To Your Early Spring Garden

There are few sights which surpass a mixed planting of Cyclamen coum (Persian Violet) on an early spring morning. When combined with the golden-yellow cup-shaped blooms of Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) and the dainty nodding white blossoms of Galanthus (Snowdrops), they all add sparkles in the winter or early spring garden, when most plants are still dormant, and bring huge amounts of optimism and great joy.

An Easy Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Eryngium and Perovskia

Fairly easy to replicate, this pretty prairie planting includes a few spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks.

An Elegant Border Idea for Your Late Spring Garden

3 graceful tulips for a dazzling border!

An Elegant Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Ballerina' & Tulip 'Mona Lisa'

Elegance and grace all together! Easy to replicate, this bulb combination will undoubtedly bring many smiles to your face in late spring!

An Exciting Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, 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. 

An Explosive Mix!

A long-lasting spectacular mix!

An Exquisite Border Idea with Tulip 'Spring Green' and Cushion Spurge

Add a welcome splash of sunshine in your spring garden. Combine these 2 award-winning plants.

An Exquisite Long-Lasting Border Idea with Japanese Barberry and Cushion Spurge

Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, lime-green to gold bracts of Cushion Spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) with the attractive, coppery-purple foliage of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Atropurpurea Nana')

An Exquisite Spring Border Idea with Sawara Cypress, Tulips and Muscari

Create pleasing contrasts in your spring garden. Combine the gracefully weeping golden foliage of the highly popular Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' (Sawara Cypress) with the graceful blossoms of Tulipa 'Ballade', an exceptionally beautiful Lily-flowered tulip, and the bright cobalt blue flowers of Muscari armeniacum (Grape-Hyacinth). Enjoy their color splash and fascinating display in mid to late spring. Fairly easy to re-create and low maintenance!

An Eye-Catching Border Idea with Allium, Aquilegia and Papaver

Wow! Such a lovely plant combination to cheer you up for weeks and impress your neighbors in late spring - early summer! Easy to replicate, low maintenance, this perennial planting is not only colorful but is also deer resistant!