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Upper South

Selecting plants suited to the Upper 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 Upper South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6 and in AHS Heat Zones 2 through 8. It typically enjoys four distinct seasons. Rain and snowfall tends to be evenly distributed throughout the seasons.

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




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 '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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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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Agastache 'Kudos Coral' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Coral' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low tight mound bearing airy spikes of sweet honey-mint scented, warm, coral plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Kudos Gold' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Gold' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound bearing large, dense spikes of cheerful, golden-yellow plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Mandarin' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound bearing airy spikes of cheerful, bright orange plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound of refined, deep green foliage, bearing plump spikes of soft, clear light blue plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them. Delicate-looking but fast growing, this pretty Agastache is among the best of all hardy perennials for attracting pollinating insects.

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Agastache 'Kudos Yellow' (Hummingbird Mint)

Very short, compact, and hardy, Agastache 'Kudos Yellow' is a small Hummingbird Mint, which forms a low mound bearing large, dense spikes of cheerful, bright yellow plumes from early summer until fall. Blooming continuously weeks after weeks, they provide long lasting, glowing color in beds, borders or containers and hummingbirds feast on them.

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Agastache 'Summer Sunset' (Hummingbird Mint)

Set your borders aglow with this spectacular Agastache! 'Summer Sunset' features warm, sunset-orange hues all summer that will not fade in the summer's heat. Eye-popping, it will add color and a lovely spiky texture to your garden or containers. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

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Agastache (Hyssop)

A wonderful perennial that adds color and a spiky texture to your garden! Agastache are beautiful, aromatic herbaceous perennials, rich of many qualities: broad color palette, lovely vertical lines, abundant blooms, drought and heat tolerance, great versatility

Agastache foeniculum 'Alabaster' (Giant Hyssop)

Its long flowering season, showy flower spikes, licorice-scented foliage, low maintenance and deer resistance explain its great popularity among gardeners

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Agastache rugosa 'Golden Jubilee' (Korean Mint)

Luminous, Agastache rugosa Golden Jubilee' (Korean Mint) is an upright, clump-forming perennial with attractive spikes of fragrant, tubular, lavender-blue flowers from midsummer to early fall. Adding lovely vertical lines to the landscape, they are held over the golden-green foliage of aromatic, lance-shaped leaves.

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Agastache rugosa 'Little Adder' (Anise Hyssop)

Compact and very floriferous, Agastache rugosa 'Little Adder' (Anise Hyssop) is a short, well-branched perennial with a remarkably long floral display, extending from late spring to fall. Masses of tubular, two-lipped lavender-blue flowers, held in showy spikes, are borne atop a bushy foliage clump of licorice-scented leaves.

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Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint)

Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint) is a short-lived, erect, herbaceous perennial with eye-catching purple flower spikes, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), held over a light-green aromatic foliage of stiff, toothed leaves. Edible, the leaves exude an anise scent when crushed.

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Agastache rugosa F. albiflora (Korean Mint)

Tall, Agastache rugosa F. albiflora (Giant Hyssop) looks ravishing in a border with its lovely creamy-white spikes held over a light-green aromatic foliage which exudes an anise scent when crushed.

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Agastache rupestris (Sunset Hyssop)

Agastache rupestris features sweetly fragrant, tubular salmon-orange flowers with purplish calyxes all summer. Eye-popping, it provides an outstanding garden performance and adds color as well as a lovely spiky texture to the garden. Hummingbirds will thank you for it.

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