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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 Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Geranium

Fairly easy to replicate, this attractive plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this eye-catching plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Eryngium and Sedum

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

A Pretty Plant Combination for Moist Soils: Water Iris, Spurge and Hosta

Brighten a moist area of your garden with this pretty plant combination pairing the fiery blossoms of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' (Spurge) with the bluish-purple vertical blossoms of Water Irises (Iris laevigata) and the delightfully fragrant Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' (Plantain Lily). 

A Pretty Planting Combination with Alliums, Poppies and Columbines

This lovely plant combination is rich of many exciting contrasts in colors and shapes. Popping up from the flowerbed like so many out-stretched ostrich necks are the tall and elegant flower spikes of Verbascum 'Carribean Crush' (Mullein) and the dense white puffball flower umbels of Allium 'Mont Blanc'.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Corsican Hellebore and Siberian Bugloss

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Hellebores. A low maintenance and deer resistant plant combination to bring cheerful color to your spring garden. Enjoy!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips

Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Bleeding Hearts

The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.

A Regal Border for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Stately and tall, Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) makes a striking statement in the garden, whether in beds or borders. Underplanted with cobalt-blue Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), the effect is stunning!

A Romantic Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Easy to realize, this fresh and classic border combines pastel tulips with delightfully fragrant daffodils for a charming display in mid-late spring.

A Romantic Border with Tulip 'Mount Tacoma' & Tulip 'Cummins'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Romantic Hedge

A bright and romantic hedge for this lovely terrace. Created by Westover Landscape Design, only 2 ingredients were used to achieve this peaceful decor.

A Romantic Terrace

Often, less is more. Take this landscape design composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. This small, suburban garden feels both expansive and intimate.

A Sensational Daffodil Mix for Your Spring Garden

Combined in a traditional manner, here is a simple bulb combination with 4 award-winning flower bulbs, which creates a sunny and impressive effect in the mid-spring garden

A Serene Courtyard Designed for Long-Lasting Color and Interest

A peaceful and mesmerizing scene, where we cannot help but admire the purple hues of the delightfully fragrant Spanish Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas) and sculptural Ornamental Onions 'Purple Sensation' (Alliums), delicately undulating in the breeze over a mixed planting of silvery-gray Wormwood (Artemisia) and yellow-blossoming Santolina or Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus).

A Shade Loving Border Idea with Hemerocallis, Hosta and Tiger Lilies

A beautiful plant combination to brighten up a shaded corner of your garden. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer resistant and will come back year after year to charm you!

A Soft Border Idea with Grasses, Echinacea and Monarda

This soft informal border is composed of low-growing perennials which will introduce romance in your landscape from early summer until fall. Perfect for small gardens or container planting, this pleasing combination will feed many butterflies but will be ignored by hungry deer.

A Sparkling Border Idea for the Mid-Late Spring Garden

Isn't this overall combination a dazzling way to enliven your garden?

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths, Daffodils and Siberian Squill

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Winter Heaths. Evergreen, they are terrific plants thanks to their fabulous ability to change color year-round. Low maintenance, deer or salt resistant, winter hardy, drought tolerant (once established) and fairly easy to grow, they do not require much: decent drainage and some sunshine.