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Selecting plants suited to the Mid-Atlantic climate will be a key step to success.

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).

The Mid-Atlantic region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 7 and in AHS Heat Zones 3 through 6. Stretching over a long expanse of territory, the Mid-Atlantic states are home to a wide range of weather and climate. However, generally speaking, this region enjoys 4 distinct seasons characterized by mild springs, hot and humid summers along the coast, but cooler in the mountains, mild falls, and chilly winters with some snow.

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

Actaea simplex (Atropurpurea Group) 'Mountain Wave' (Baneberry)

Actaea simplex 'Mountain Wave' (Baneberry) is a herbaceous perennial prized for its finely-divided, bronze leaves and eye-catching flower spikes. Standing out in late summer to early fall, attractive, dark stemmed fluffy spires, packed with deliciously fragrant creamy-white flowers adorned with a purple tinge, gracefully bob and sway in the breeze.

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Actaea simplex (Bugbane)

Fabulous at adding architectural height and late summer blooms to a shaded border, Actaea Simplex (Bugbane), formerly known as Cimicifuga Simplex, is very eye-catching with its long, fluffy spires packed with strongly fragrant, tiny starry creamy-white flowers.

Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine)

Grown for its attractive foliage and edible fruit, Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine) is a compact, deciduous climber that produces grape-sized, smooth-skinned, green fruits in late summer to early fall. While they are smaller than grocery store varieties, they are slightly sweeter and enjoy an excellent flavor.

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Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit )

Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit) is a vigorous, deciduous, woody-stemmed, twining climber with broadly ovate, heart-shaped, lustrous mid-green leaves, 5-8 in. long (12-20 cm). Slightly fragrant clusters of cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers are borne in late spring.

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Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine)

Prized for its flamboyant foliage, Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine) is a large vigorous deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), some in solid green, others white-splashed green and others heavily variegated with pink.

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Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine)

Creating a sparkling effect, Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine) is a vigorous, scrambling/twining, deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped, dark green leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), adorned with silvery-white tips - as if each leaf has been dipped in paint.

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Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) is a deciduous or semi-evergreen, perennial fern with graceful, bright green fronds which open like the fingers of a hand atop upright, shiny, purple-black wiry stems. Each finger is further divided into a series of triangular segments (pinnules).

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Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair) is a deciduous fern, almost evergreen in mild areas, with broadly triangular fronds composed of many small fan-shaped segments. Emerging in late winter to early spring, the new fronds display a charming salmon flush before maturing to fresh spring green.

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Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)

One of the best summer-flowering shrubs for shade areas, multiple award-winner Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) is prized for its spectacular blooms of erect white flower panicles with red anthers and pinkish filaments.

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Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' (African Lily)

One of the darkest African Lilies, Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' is a compact perennial with large rounded clusters packed with dark blue, trumpet-shaped flowers, each adorned with a dark stripe down the center of the petals.

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Agapanthus 'Donau' (African Lily)

Agapanthus 'Donau' is a lovely African Lily with showy rounded clusters of star-shaped, pale-blue flowers adorned with dark-blue central stripes. Blooming from mid to late summer, the showy flowers, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, deciduous, arching, lustrous green leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Ever Sapphire' (African Lily)

Flowering earlier than most varieties, Agapanthus 'Ever Sapphire' is a dwarf, semi-evergreen African Lily boasting loose clusters of deep blue flowers over a long season. Starting flowering in late spring, it reblooms throughout the summer for a long-lasting display.

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Agapanthus 'Northern Star' (African Lily)

Native to South Africa, Agapanthus 'Northern Star' is a particularly striking African Lily with showy rounded clusters of dark blue, star-shaped flowers from mid to late summer. They rise on stiff, upright stalks atop clumps of beautiful, deciduous, arching leaves tinged with deep violet at the base.

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Agapanthus 'Polar Ice' (African Lily)

Agapanthus 'Polar Ice' (African Lily) is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial producing large rounded clusters of trumpet-shaped, pure white flowers. They sit on sturdy, upright stalks above a clump of beautiful, fresh green, strap-shaped leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Purple Cloud' (African Lily)

One of the darkest African Lilies, Agapanthus 'Purple Cloud' is a compact perennial with huge umbels, up to 10in. across (25 cm), densely packed with violet-purple, pendulous, trumpet-shaped flowers.

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Agapanthus 'Silver Moon' (African Lily)

A very attractive variegated Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus 'Silver Moon' enlivens the summer garden with its brightly stripped silvery-white, strap-shaped leaves. It is topped in summer with abundant rounded clusters of trumpet-shaped, lavender-blue flowers, which rise with majesty on stiff, upright stalks.

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Agapanthus 'Twister' (African Lily)

Very showy, Agapanthus 'Twister' is a medium sized semi-evergreen African Lily boasting 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm) umbels of bicolored flowers which change from blue at the throat to white on the petal edges. They sit atop tall, slender stalks that arise from a lush clump of semi-glossy, strap-shaped, green leaves

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Agapanthus (African Lily)

Agapanthus are such flamboyant and exotic-looking perennials that it is impossible not to love them!

Agapanthus comptonii 'Headbourne Hybrids' (African Lily)

Among the hardiest Lilies of the Nile, award-winning Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids' produces large rounded clusters, 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), of funnel-shaped flowers in variable shades of light and dark violet-blue.

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Agastache 'Black Adder' (Giant Hyssop)

Eye-popping, this Agastache will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it!

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Agastache 'Blue Boa' (Anise Hyssop)

Agastache 'Blue Boa' proudly displays luxurious deep violet-blue flower spikes held over ultra green foliage from early summer to fall. The flower spikes are long, wide, extremely showy and add lovely vertical lines to the landscape. Forms clumps of erect, branched stems up to 30-36 in. tall (75-90 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).

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Agastache 'Blue Fortune' (Giant Hyssop)

Agastache 'Blue Fortune' is a top pick for gardeners! Its long flowering season, showy flower spikes, licorice-scented foliage, low maintenance, and deer tolerance are seductive reasons

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Agastache 'Bolero' (Hummingbird Mint)

Compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Bolero' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound of bronzy green foliage, bearing spikes of vivid rose purple plumes from midsummer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide a bold visual impact in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Ambrosia' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low tight mound bearing airy spikes of creamy coconut, pale orange and light rose-pink plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide a bold visual impact in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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