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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 Low Maintenance Summer Idea for your Borders with Alliums and Grasses

A very interesting border idea for sunny spots of the landscape. Easy to grow and low maintenance, all plants are drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant and virtually pest and disease free. Enjoy!

A Majestic Walkway

This lovely serpentine bluestone path with plantings of different heights, textures and colors, creates a wonderful experience and feeling as we wander along it.

A Much Admired Spring Idea with Allium and Laburnum

Wow! Such a breathtaking plant combination to cheer you up for weeks in late spring - early summer. Easy to replicate, this planting includes 2 award-winning plants.

A Natural Path

A jaw-dropping casual and fragrant gravel path winding across a superb mix of drought resistant and salt friendly plantings

A Pastel Border Idea for Your Spring Garden

This harmonious spring border has been realized with 4 award-winning flowering bulbs.

A Pastel Border Idea with Astilbes, Hemerocallis and Geranium

This soft plant palette of pastel colors can be enjoyed from early to late summer and includes a few easy-to-grow perennial plants. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.

A Pastel Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Daffodils & Forget-Me-Nots

An enchanting scenery that can be easily replicated at home!

A Perfect Entrance

It is amazing how trailing flowers can add a sense of romance to any spot. Here, the simple and symmetrical entrance of this Mediterranean home is softened by the Clematis, cascading from the front porch in pink swathes delicately swaying in the summer br

A Perfect Garden Decor with Roses

Perfect for bringing welcome color to dull walls, privacy screens or fences, they provide an element of beauty to any outdoor structure and create fabulous backdrops. Aside from their amazingly beautiful flowers, they also give off a sweet fragrance and easily add a touch of romanticism to bare settings

A Perfect Summer Border with Tiger Lilies, Echinacea and Sea Holly

Who can resist a border overflowing with colorful perennial flowers? Fairly easy to replicate, this festive border includes a few spectacular elements which provide striking color and contrast to the perennial border

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Eryngium

Perfect for dry and sandy soils, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) and elegant Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue).

A Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea, Penstemon and Salvia

Awash with colors and shapes, this luminous prairie style planting brilliantly associates the cheerful Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower) with the vertical scarlet spires of Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus' (Beardtongue) and those of Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage).

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 Duo with Clematis and Lilies

The pale lavender-blue flowers of Clematis 'Emilia Plater' are beautifully combined with the strongly recurved, dark crimson flowers of Lilium 'Black Beauty'. The two plants are extraordinarily vigorous and floriferous.

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 Rock Garden Idea with Colorful Alpine Plants

Transforming a dull slope into a beautiful rock garden is easy when you chose the right plants. Here, a colorful selection of Dianthus (Pink), Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox), Aubrietia (Rock Cress), Euphorbia (Spurge), Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ears), and Helianthemum (Rock Rose) create an eye-catching display.