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Selecting plants suited to your climate 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.

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




A Flower Carpet for Your Early Spring Garden

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Persian Violets and Snowdrops in the fall. Low maintenance, they will naturalize well!

A Fragrant and Colorful Summer Border Idea

This Mediterranean climate border is almost overwhelming in its profusion of colors, shapes and textures. All plants are deer and drought resistant.

A Fragrant and Long-Lasting Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it! Both plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding merits

A Fragrant Garden Retreat With Roses

Dreaming of a resting spot where you could surround yourself with fragrance, color and beauty?

A Fragrant Getaway

A wonderful and simple getaway in the garden! A bench placed under an arbor, heavily covered with large, romantic roses. The perfect spot in which to read a book or relax while enjoying the light fragrance of the flowers.

A Fragrant Plant Combination Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

Get your landscape to burst into vivid life during the chillier months! Remember to plant a few Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata) and Snowdrops (Galanthus) in the fall.

A Fragrant Relaxing Spot

Wouldn't such a garden spot make you flush with garden pride?

A Fragrant Spring Border for weeks of color!

Sweet scented, fresh and eye catching!

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Double Early Tulips & Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Primula and Daffodils

Imagine your spring garden full of 'Ballerina', 'Apricot Parrot' tulips and fragrant Daffodils over a carpet of sweetly scented, rich yellow Common Cowslip. Lovely, isn't it?

A Glorious Border Idea for your Early-Mid Spring Garden

A wonderful bouquet to offer to your garden!

A Glorious Spring Border with Tulip 'Bastogne' & Tulip 'Judith Leyster'

A vibrant display of colors realized with 2 beautiful mid season tulips!

A Glowing Fall Border with Asters and Grasses

A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Fairly easy to replicate, this planting is drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant. Most plants make great cut flowers to be enjoyed in a vase too.

A Glowing Perennial Planting Idea with Rudbeckias and Garden Phlox

A simple but eye-catching mix realized with 3 favorite perennials for most gardeners which brings cheerful summer notes to the landscape!

A Glowing Prairie Planting Idea for Your Summer

Wouldn't you love your sunny borders to look like this in the summer? Low maintenance and easy to grow, all these prolific bloomers will bring fireworks of color to your landscape all summer long!

A Glowing Spring Border Idea with Parrot Tulips

For an array guaranteed to take your breath away!

A Glowing Spring Border with 4 Amazing Tulips

A dazzling splash of color in the late spring garden!

A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Nepeta

How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border that can also be enjoyed in early fall

A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Sage

How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant species such as gaily-colored Tall Bearded Irises, cool purples and blues of Sage, Catmint or Garden Phlox, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of White Flower Lace.

A Glowing Winter Border with Dogwood, Heath and Grasses

This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.