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A plant's performance is not only governed by its hardiness or heat tolerance but also by many other factors such as the length of growing season, timing and amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind, and humidity. Sunset Magazine has developed a Climate Zones map, which takes all these factors into account and has long been the standard among gardeners who live in the 13 western states. Unlike the U.S.D.A. map which tells you only where a plant may survive the winter, the Climate Zones map shows where that plant will thrive year-round.

If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Dahlias and Companion Plants - Pink & Lavender Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of glowing pink and soft lavender, which includes 3 fantastic Dahlias, 'Gerrie Hoek', 'The Phantom' and 'Karma Choc'.

Dahlias and Companion Plants - Purple & Apricot Theme

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of purple and glowing apricot, which includes 4 ravishing Dahlias, 'Apricot Desire', 'Nepos', 'Thomas Edison' and 'Happy Single First Love'.

Eye Catching Retaining Walls and Staircases

A colorful, vibrant, yet low maintenance way to ornate your walls, staircases or raised beds

Eye-Catching Retaining Walls

A super blend of perennials and ornamental grasses which softens and enhances these retaining walls.

For A Naturalistic Look

Aren't these graceful violet-blue flowers, shimmering in the summer sunlight, attractive when combined with the undulating creamy tan grass fountains?

Jacqueline Van der Kloet's Tea garden

The combination of blue-flowered forget-me-nots and chartreuse lady's mantle is always stunning. But with the addition of the colorful tulips selected by Jacqueline, the border sings

My Beautiful Zen Garden

This warm and eye-catching gravel garden is a showstopper with its incredible mix of color co-ordinated foliage plants. A simple but dramatic combination of deer resistant and low-care plants which never fail to make a strong statement, whether in pots, on the patio, in a courtyard, or rising from the border.

Peonies and Companion Plants - Coral & Purple Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of coral and rich purple, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - Gold & Deep Red Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of golden-yellow and rich red, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - Gold & White Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of white and golden-yellow, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - Pink & Blue Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of pink and soft blue, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - Pink & Purple Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of soft pink and purple, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - Pink & Violet Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of pink and rich violet, which includes 4 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - White & Lavender Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of white and lavender, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Peonies and Companion Plants - White & Pink Theme

To help you plan your late spring or early summer garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of white and soft pink, which includes 3 fabulous peonies that will bloom in succession

Playa La Vista

This small condo backyard, originally a steep hill and not a useable space, has been beautifully terraced by Pat Brodie Landscape Design with stone and includes succulents, seasonal color, and drought tolerant plants.

Soft Autumn Colors

Extend the flowering season of your garden from summer to fall with this harmonious and serene-looking combination of late bloomers

Softening Path Edges With Ajuga reptans

Ajuga reptans or Bugleweed has been selected here by Arthur Lathouris, an Australian award-winning landscape designer, to soften the path edges leading visitors to the house through the front garden and around the back garden.

Splashes Of Colors For My Shady Garden

A stunning border for shady gardens. Created by Carter Rohrer Co, only 3 ingredients were used to achieve this lovely decor.