Regions / Western States
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.
Electrify your borders in spring!
The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.
If you are passionate about vibrant summer color in your garden, this perennial planting may be for you. Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
For a striking display!
A jaw-dropping border for your late spring garden!
2 beauties for your late spring garden!
How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border which can also be enjoyed from mid summer until fall? Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
Create a beautiful summer garden with this colorful and long-lasting plant combination idea that will enchant your hanging baskets, window boxes and raised beds for weeks from spring to fall. Bright pink Ivy Geraniums (Pelargonium peltatum) are beautifully combined with heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) and Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima) to create a terrific summer border jostling for your attention week after week.
Create seductive plant combinations like this one. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, these plants will contribute to a fabulous garden that you will admire day after day, all summer long.
Get inspired by the gardeners of the lovely Peacock Garden at Great Dixter and create stunning borders like this one. Most plants won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. All are deer resistant
Fabulous looking and low care, this attractive late summer combination of ornamental grasses and perennials is a feast for the eye
Only 3 plants comprise this naturalistic combination. Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.
A dazzling splash of color in the mid - late spring garden!
A long-lasting summer mix! Both plants are drought and dry soil tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance, excellent in fresh cut flowers bouquets and will reward you with plentiful blossoms and happy butterflies!
Get inspired by this modern prairie planting which mixes exquisitely textures, forms and colors and combines series of graceful ornamental grasses with dark purple foliage and flower plants
If you are looking for a long-lasting border idea with drought tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance plants, you have found it!