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New England

Selecting plants suited to the New England climate is 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 New England region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 7 and in AHS Heat Zones 1 through 3. Weather varies dramatically from state to state and season to season. However, generally speaking, this region enjoys 4 distinct seasons characterized by short springs, hot and humid summers, along the coasts but cool in the mountains, cool falls, and long and harsh winters with heavy snow and sometimes ice storms.

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




Weigela florida 'My Monet'

Weigela florida 'My Monet' is a dwarf, compact, deciduous shrub of rounded habit, noted for its handsome variegated foliage and pink flowers. Emerging in spring, narrowly ovate, sage green leaves line the gracefully arching branches. They are adorned with creamy-white edges, some pink flushing, all with a fine pink ribbon along their edges. In spring to early summer, the shrub is decorated with clusters of funnel-shaped, pink flowers. Blooming may continue sporadically throughout summer.

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Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pearl'

Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pearl' is a striking deciduous shrub noted for its long blooming season. From spring until the first frost, flowers are produced in great quantities and literally cover the foliage of narrowly ovate, bright green leaves. Opening pure white with a yellow throat, the blossoms change to pink, creating a multicolor effect. The trumpet-like flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Deadheading is not necessary for rebloom.

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Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pink'

Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pink' is a striking deciduous shrub noted for its long blooming season. From spring until the first frost, hot pink flowers are produced in great quantities and literally cover the foliage of narrowly ovate, bright green leaves.The trumpet-like flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Deadheading is not necessary for rebloom. Easy to grow, this flowering shrub is perfect to add a splash of cheerful color in the sunny border.

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Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pure Pink'

Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Pure Pink' is a striking deciduous shrub noted for its long blooming season. From spring until the first frost, large, showy, clear pink flowers are produced in great quantities and literally cover the foliage of narrowly ovate, bright green leaves. The trumpet-like flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Deadheading is not necessary for rebloom. Easy to grow, this flowering shrub is the perfect choice for a flowering hedge or a backdrop to any sunny garden.

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Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Red'

Weigela florida 'Sonic Bloom Red' is a striking deciduous shrub noted for its long blooming season. From spring until the first frost, lipstick red flowers are produced in great quantities and literally cover the foliage of narrowly ovate, green leaves. The trumpet-like flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Deadheading is not necessary for rebloom. Easy to grow, this flowering shrub is perfect to add a splash of cheerful color in the sunny border.

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Weigela florida 'Spilled Wine'

Weigela florida 'Spilled Wine' is a compact, deciduous shrub noted for its striking foliage of narrowly ovate, dark purple leaves all season long. From spring until the first frost, bright pink flowers are produced in great quantities and make for a striking contrast. Easy to grow, this flowering shrub is perfect as a focal point in the sunny border or in containers.

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Weigela florida 'Wine & Roses'

Weigela florida 'Wine & Roses' is a striking deciduous shrub noted for its foliage of narrowly ovate, shiny, dark purple leaves all season long. In spring and throughout the summer, rosy-pink flowers are produced in great quantities and make for a striking contrast. The trumpet-like flowers are adored by hummingbirds. Easy to grow, this flowering shrub is perfect to add a splash of radiant color in the sunny border. Makes a wonderful cut flower along with its foliage too!

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Weigela praecox

The earliest flowering weigela, Weigela praecox is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with fragrant clusters of funnel-shaped, rose-pink flowers adorned with yellow throats. Blooming in mid to late spring, the blossoms are attractive to hummingbirds. They stand out against the foliage of ovate, pointed, medium green leaves.

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Wisteria 'Burford' (Japanese Wisteria)

Heavenly scented, award-winning Wisteria 'Burford' (Japanese Wisteria) is a deciduous climber with a long season of interest. In late spring or early summer, it produces masses of very long, drooping clusters, up to 16 in. long (40 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lilac-blue and deep purple with a yellow spot in the throat.

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Wisteria 'Caroline' (Japanese Wisteria)

Blooming earlier than most other wisteria varieties, Wisteria 'Caroline' is a deciduous climber with beautiful tresses, 6-12 in. long (15-30 cm), of wonderful fragrant, pea-like, lilac-blue flowers.

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Wisteria 'Lavender Lace'

A large-flowered Wisteria, 'Lavender Lace' produces long, hanging racemes, up to 20 in. long (50 cm), packed with 80 to 100 sweetly scented, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lavender to violet.

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Wisteria brachybotrys 'Murasaki-Kapitan' (Silky Wisteria)

Highly scented, Wisteria brachybotrys 'Murasaki-Kapitan' is an excellent vigorous climber blooming early in the season. It produces pretty hanging sprays, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), packed with 35-47, pea-like, blue-violet flowers.

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Wisteria brachybotrys 'Okayama' (Silky Wisteria)

Strongly scented, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Okayama' produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, pale lilac flowers with a large and conspicuous white spot. Opening from rich violet buds, they bloom early in the season in late spring.

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Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro-Kapitan' (Silky Wisteria)

Highly scented, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Shiro-Kapitan' is a gorgeous climber with flowers of great beauty. It produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, snow-white flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot.

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Wisteria brachybotrys 'Showa-Beni' (Silky Wisteria)

Noted for its foliage and lovely scent, award-winning Wisteria brachybotrys 'Showa-Beni' is a gorgeous climber with flowers of great beauty. It produces masses of hanging sprays, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), of fragrant, pea-like, pink and white flowers with a conspicuous yellow spot.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Alba' (White Japanese Wisteria)

A famous Wisteria variety that can be admired on the Japanese Bridge, in Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, France. Wisteria floribunda 'Alba' is a beautiful white flowered Japanese Wisteria with very long clusters, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), of pea-like, fragrant white flowers.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Domino' (Japanese Wisteria)

Award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Domino' (Japanese Wisteria) is a deciduous climber with twining stems of great beauty. It produces masses of drooping clusters, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lilac and deep violet with a yellow spot in the throat.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Geisha' (Japanese Wisteria)

Vigorous, Wisteria floribunda 'Geisha' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of hanging clusters, up to 14 in. long (35 cm), packed with softly scented, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of white and lavender-violet

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Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi Beni' (Japanese Wisteria)

Noted for its excellent fragrance, Wisteria floribunda 'Kuchi Beni' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of very long drooping clusters, up to 18 in. long (45 cm), packed with pea-like, pale mauve-pink flowers, tipped with purple.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Lawrence' (Japanese Wisteria)

One of the best pale blue Wisteria cultivars, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Lawrence' (Japanese Wisteria) produces stunning tresses of sweetly scented, pea-like flowers, up to 20 in. long (50 cm). They are densely packed with pale blue-violet blooms (up to 170!)

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Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' (Japanese Wisteria)

Noted for its excellent fragrance and voluptuous floral display, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys' or 'Multijuga' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of extraordinarily long hanging clusters, up to 40 in. long (100 cm), packed with pea-like, lilac flowers with dark violet markings.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Murasaki Noda' (Japanese Wisteria)

Wisteria floribunda 'Murasaki Noda' (Japanese Wisteria) produces masses of drooping clusters, up to 10 in. long (25 cm), with fragrant, pea-like flowers, that are a combination of pale lavender and violet blue.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea' (Pink Japanese Wisteria)

Noted for its excellent fragrance, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea' (Pink Japanese Wisteria) is a strong-growing climber with twining stems of great beauty. It produces masses of very long drooping clusters, up to 24 in. long (60 cm), packed with pea-like, pale rose flowers tipped with purple.

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Wisteria floribunda 'Royal Purple' (Japanese Wisteria)

Among the darkest purple Wisteria cultivars, award-winning Wisteria floribunda 'Royal Purple' (Japanese Wisteria) produces stunning tresses of sweetly scented, pea-like violet flowers, up to 20 in. long (50 cm).

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