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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 Great Rose-Covered Entrance

Like an entrance to a secret garden, this crisp white wooden arbor, draped with scented climbing roses, provides a warm welcome to guests who can enjoy the fragrance of the flowers as they pass by

A Hot Summer Border Idea with Dahlia, Crocosmia and Aster

The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.

A Hot Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Easy Perennials

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.

A Jaw-Dropping Border Idea for Your Late Spring Garden

A jaw-dropping border for your late spring garden!

A Late Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Persicaria

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.

A Long-Lasting and Colorful Front Garden

This elegant front yard features a beautiful marriage of colors, shapes and textures for a long-lasting impact,

A Long-Lasting and Fragrant Spring Border

A lovely and long-lasting combination!

A Long-Lasting Border

Like a rainbow in your garden, this wonderful long-lasting mix of superb coneflowers (Echinacea) of the 'Big Sky' series with Anise Hyssop (Agastache) and Sneezeweed (Helenium) will enchant any sunny border.

A Long-Lasting Border Idea with Pelargonium, Heliothrope and Senecio

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.

A Long-Lasting Perennial Planting Idea with Kniphofia, Achillea and Leucanthemum

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.

A Long-Lasting Perennial Planting Idea with Kniphofia, Rudbeckia and Artemisia

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

A Long-Lasting Planting Idea with Grasses, Anemone, Joe-Pye Weed and Persicaria

Fabulous looking and low care, this attractive late summer combination of ornamental grasses and perennials is a feast for the eye

A Long-Lasting Planting Idea with Japanese Anemones and Coneflowers

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 long-Lasting Spring Border for Weeks of Color

A dazzling splash of color in the mid - late spring garden!

A Long-Lasting Spring Tulip Border for Weeks of Color

A dazzling splash of color in the mid - late spring garden!

A Long-Lasting Summer Border Idea

Bring interest to your garden path!

A Long-Lasting Summer Duo for your Borders: Lavender and Cosmos

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!

A Long-Lasting Summer Idea for your Borders with Bulbs, Perennials & Grasses

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

A Long-Lasting Summer Idea for your Borders with Lavender, Achillea and Sedum

If you are looking for a long-lasting border idea with drought tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance plants, you have found it!