Regions / Coastal South
Selecting plants suited to the Coastal South 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 Coastal South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9 and in AHS Heat Zones 9 through 11.
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Terracotta' is a gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of peachy yellow flowers fading to a straw color. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Walther Funcke' is a strong, sturdy and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of brick-red flowers fading to terracotta then creamy yellow. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.
One of the tallest Yarrows, award-winner Achillea filipendulina 'Gold Plate' exhibits masses of long-lasting, impressive golden yellow umbels, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), atop a very attractive fern-like semi-evergreen foliage which has a spicy aroma when crushed.
From deep rose to creamy pink! Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, Achillea millefolium 'Pink Grapefruit' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting clusters of bright deep rose flowers fading delicately to creamy pink as they age.
Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, Achillea millefolium 'Pomegranate' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting clusters of rich velvety red flowers which immediately catch the eye. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.
Achillea millefolium 'Strawberry Seduction' is a stunning Yarrow with its masses of long-lasting clusters of rich velvety red flowers with bright gold centers. Its pleasantly aromatic, green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.
With a soft palette of pastel colored flowers, Achillea millefolium 'Summer Pastels' is a stunning Yarrow with masses of long-lasting flower clusters, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), in glorious shades of red, pink, yellow, orange, salmon, lilac, purple and white.
Native to Siberia, Achillea sibirica subsp. camschatica 'Love Parade' (Yarrow) is an upright, tufted, perennial with large umbels of soft pink flowers with pale yellow stamens from early summer to early fall. Attractive to butterflies, the charming blossoms rise atop an equally attractive foliage of bright green, almost shiny, leathery, dark green, lance-shaped leaves. Good-looking, compact, bushy and heat loving, this eye-catching beauty enlivens any sunny corner of the garden.
Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.
Ideal for wet areas, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial forming an attractive tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped, golden-yellow leaves adorned with olive green stripes. The foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised and evergreen in mild winter areas.
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.
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.
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.
Among the loveliest of Aeoniums, award-winning 'Sunburst' is an evergreen succulent with large variegated rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Held on long bare stems, the leaves are a delightful combination of creamy yellow and green stripes and are adorned with coppery red tips when exposed to the sun.
A truly captivating Aeonium, award-winning 'Zwartkop' is an evergreen succulent with large rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of glossy, fleshy, dark burgundy, pointed leaves. If grown in full sun, the foliage of this Aeonium turns almost black, adding incredible drama and interest to the garden or containers.