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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.




A Fabulous Mediterranean Border

This warm and eye-catching Mediterranean border is a real delight!

A Fabulous Perennial Meadow Planting Idea

A relatively low-growing combination of plants that makes the most of a poor soil!

A Fabulous Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Echinacea and Agastache

This naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets to butterflies and hummingbirds.

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Moist Soils and Shady Gardens

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! Most plants are low maintenance, trouble-free and ignored by deer and rabbits!

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Astrantia, Iris Sibirica and Carex

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and intriguing blossoms of Great masterwort (Astrantia major) with the royal-blue vertical blossoms of Siberian Irises (Iris sibirica) and the shimmering golden blades of Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea')

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Candelabra Primroses and Siberian Irises

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden with this striking plant combination pairing the delicate presence and eye-catching blossoms of Candelabra Primroses with the vibrant, violet blue flowers of Siberian Irises

A Fabulous Plant Combination for Wet Soils: Water Iris, Carex and Primroses

Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! All 3 plants have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities

A Fabulous Planting Idea with Grasses and Sage

Colorful and rich in textures! Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. All plants are deer, rabbit and drought tolerant. Undemanding and easy to grow, they require little maintenance and enjoy a very long season of interest

A Fabulous Spring Container Idea

A gorgeous way of celebrating the return of Spring!

A Fabulous Summer Planting Idea with Grasses, Agastache and Persicaria

A mixture of ornamental grasses and perennials, this prairie style planting has been designed by world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, and is part of his impressive creations at RHS Wisley.

A Fabulous Trio: Rose 'Lady of Shalott', Achillea & Nepeta

Growing roses by themselves would be an open invitation to the pests and diseases that favor roses. Roses are healthier when we provide them with companion plants which help repel destructive bugs and pests while encouraging beneficial insects.

A Fabulous Yard

This spectacular small garden marries beautiful colors, shapes and textures.

A Fall Long-Lasting Pair

Here is a lovely way to introduce waves of colors in your fall garden!

A Fantastic Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it!

A Fantastic Long Blooming Hedge

Add splashes of color to your hedges to make them eye-catching!

A Fantastic Two Plant Hedge

A drought tolerant and low maintenance hedge idea! This fantastic hedge has been realized with 2 plants, which beautifully provide vertical interest, color and a lovely foliage for months

A Festive Border Idea for your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Adds delightful splashes of color and fragrance to the landscape!

A Flamboyant Spring Border idea with Tulip' Ballerina' & Tulip 'Orange Princess'

Orange flush! Two orange-superstars with very different personas make quite the duo in the late season garden