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New Mexico

New Mexico

Selecting plants suited to the climate of New Mexico 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.

New Mexico belongs to Climate Zones 1-3 and 10. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




A Colorful Summer Planting Idea with Achillea, Agastache, Eremurus & Nepeta

Long-lasting and low maintenance! Variety and contrast bring interest to any planting. This colorful plant combination is a perfect example of it

A Contemporary Provencal Courtyard

Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path.

A Desirable Summer Border Idea with Grasses, Dahlias and Amaranth

Designed for late summer and fall interest, this bold plant combination can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations. Most plants make excellent cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. A great way of ending the season with a bang of color!

A Distinctive Spring Border with Tulip 'Negrita', Tulip 'Spring Green' & Tulip 'Menton'

A stunning combination that will make your garden look fantastic!

A Dramatic Entryway

Want a dramatic front yard? And privacy from the neighbors? Why don't you follow the steps of Joel Loblaw in the layered approach to this Tudor-style home's entryway.

A Dream Outdoor Space

What a lovely outdoor space with the elegant white pergola covering this home's front porch...

A Fabulous Border Idea with Single Late Tulips

Aren't those colorful dots rising above the level of the grass a fascinating sight?

A Fabulous Border with Double Late Tulips

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Echinacea and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this dramatic border includes a couple of spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Helenium and Salvia

Weeks of fiery hot colors! All plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly appreciated at home

A Fabulous Duo: Astrantia and Geranium

Create striking summer borders pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Astrantia Major (Great Masterwort) with the charming, unusual double blossoms of Geranium Pratense (Cranesbill)

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Benjamin Britten' & Geranium 'Johnson's Blue'

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, helping to reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Bonica' and Lavender 'Hidcote'

Ideal for planting alongside an informal path, Lavender forms a magnificent hedge with its attractive foliage, colorful blossoms and delightful fragrance that entices the senses!

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Crocus Rose' & Phacelia tanacetifolia

Roses are healthier when provided with companion plants to help repel destructive bugs while encouraging beneficial insects. Some flowering plants attract beneficial insects that help to control insect pests on your roses.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Geranium 'Brookside'

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, helping to reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' & Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant'

While the list of plants that look great when planted between and under roses is endless, Catmint (Nepeta) remains a favorite companion for roses.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Grace' & Heuchera 'Marmalade'

​Perfect for hiding the leggy stems of rose bushes, Heuchera (Coral Bells) make soft ground covers around their bases, their mounds of scalloped-edged foliage adding texture and interest to mixed borders.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Harlow Carr' & Lavender 'Hidcote'

One of the most venerable shrub companions for perennials is roses. Paired with classic partners like lavender, their exquisite flowers and fragrance create glorious borders for weeks of color and scent.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' & Phacelia tanacetifolia

With unusually large flowers of a warm, glowing pink rich of a fresh Tea fragrance, Rose 'Princess Alexandra of Kent' creates a memorable display when paired with the abundant and long-lasting bell-shaped flowers of Phacelia tanacetifolia (Fiddleneck). Aside from being very ornamental, this hardy annual is a perfect rose companion plant as it attracts scores of beneficial insects

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Teasing Georgia' & Achillea 'Paprika'

Roses are healthier when we provide them with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs and pests while encouraging beneficial insects.

A Fabulous Duo: Rose 'Wisley 2008' & Aster x frikartii 'Monch'

Lavender-blue daisies blend beautifully with many roses, creating scenes that shine with living color. Here, the fragrant, fully double blossoms of English Rose 'Wisley 2008' agreeably combine their pure soft pink rosettes with one of the most popular asters today

A Fabulous Duo: Tulip 'Angelique' & Tulip 'Mount Tacoma'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!