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Western Washington

Selecting plants suited to the Western Washington region 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.

The Western Washington region lies in Climate Zones 1, and 4-6. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




A Breathtaking Duo

Great for small gardens, borders, containers or in a vase!

A Brightly Colored Path

Awash with color, these terracota slab stones steps are closely adorned with Verbena 'Homestead Purple' (Verbena Canadensis), a vigorous, award-winning perennial that blooms its heart out in a profuse display of rich, bright purple blossoms from late spring

A Brilliant Summer Border Idea with Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna Lilies

Set your garden border ablaze for weeks from midsummer to fall with 3 outstanding plants: Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna. 

A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination

A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.

A Charming Border Idea with Allium, Nepeta & Grasses

Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. Inspired from prairie planting, this modern and natural planting combines the rich, cool purple flower spikes of Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x faassenii) with the billowing blooms of Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima), providing an attractive contrast and airiness to this border.

A Charming Duo

Two breathtaking beauties for a duo that is easy to re-create at home in borders, containers or in a vase!

A Charming Late Summer to Fall Duo: Japanese Anemones & Asters

This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from late summer to fall. A classic and vibrant mix of contrasting pink and purple for the late season perennial border. Perfect for wet soils. Deer and rabbit resistant too!

A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Candelabra Primroses, Fern and Bugle

An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy in mid to late spring. Most plants are deer resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. They are all low maintenance.

A Charming Summer to Fall Duo: Achillea & Aster

This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from mid summer to fall.

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Achillea and Digitalis

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 Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Artemisia

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 Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Agastache and Echinacea

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!

A Cheerful Border Idea with Monarda, Clematis and Artemisia

Attractive to butterflies but ignored by deer!

A Cheerful Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

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.

A Cheerful Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Jan Reus' and Daffodil 'Falconet'

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!

A Cheerful Spring Duo: Tulip Mona Lisa & Wallfowers

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.

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Heliopsis

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).

A Cheerful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Perennials

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.

A Cheerful Winter Border Idea with Hellebores and Cyclamens

Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.

A Colorful Border Idea for Your Early-Mid Spring Garden

Sunny colors for the early-mid spring garden!