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New Mexico

New Mexico

Selecting plants suited to the climate of New Mexico 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.

New Mexico belongs to Climate Zones 1-3 and 10. If you know your climate zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Alcea rosea 'Fiesta Time' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Fiesta Time' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, cerise pink, fringed flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Halo Blush' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Halo Blush' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of large, funnel-shaped, white, single flowers, adorned with a bright fuchsia-red halo and yellow throat. Blooming from early to midsummer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of large, funnel-shaped, cerise pink, single flowers, adorned with a rich purple halo. Blooming from early to midsummer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Mars Magic' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Mars Magic' (Hollyhock) is a robust perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of funnel-shaped, brilliant red, single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a bright buttery-yellow throat. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple' (Hollyhock) is an annual which produces sturdy spikes of large, frilly edged, purple flowers, resembling powder puffs. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this award-winning hollyhock is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alcea rosea 'Radiant Rose' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Radiant Rose' (Hollyhock) is a robust perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of funnel-shaped, brilliant rosy-pink, single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a bright buttery-yellow throat. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Carmine Rose' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Carmine Rose' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, brilliant rosy-red flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Lilac' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Lilac' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, lilac, fringed flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock cultivar is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Pink' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Pink' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, soft pink flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Purple' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities Purple' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, rich purple flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities White' (Hollyhock)

Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea 'Spring Celebrities White' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces sturdy spikes of large, double, pristine white flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock is perfect for the sunny border or containers. Great for small gardens too!

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Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle)

A bestseller that should be in most gardens, Alchemilla mollis provides a lovely finish to a border or a path edge and blends beautifully with most plants.

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Allium 'Ambassador' (Ornamental Onion)

Award-winner Allium 'Ambassador' is one of the tallest and most architectural onions with its large globe-shaped inflorescence, 8 in. across (20 cm), densely packed with hundreds of small, star-shaped purple flowers. Blooming for up to 5 weeks in late spring to early summer, this spectacular Allium enjoys one of the longest blooming season.

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Allium 'Firmament' (Ornamental Onion)

Regarded by some as one of the very best, Allium 'Firmament' is a rather unusual Allium. Instead of having round flowerheads, it is only two-thirds of the sphere, about 4-5 in. wide (10-12 cm). It is packed with star-shaped, dark silvery purple flowers, each flower being comprised of dark purple florets adorned with shimmering silver anthers.

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Allium 'Gladiator' (Ornamental Onion)

One of the tallest and most architectural onions with its inflorescence consisting of dozens of small star-shaped reddish-purple flowers forming a 6 inches across (15 cm) globe-shaped cluster

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Allium 'Globemaster' (Ornamental Onion)

Boasting of of the biggest flower heads, multiple award-winner Allium 'Globemaster' is a striking ornamental onion with its inflorescence consisting of dozens of small star-shaped violet flowers forming a 10 inch wide (25 cm) globe-shaped cluster!

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Allium 'His Excellency' (Ornamental Onion)

Tall and majestic, Allium 'His Excellency' is a most architectural flowering onion with its large globe-shaped inflorescence, 5 in. across (12 cm), densely packed with hundreds of small, star-shaped violet-blue flowers. Blooming for weeks in late spring to early summer, this spectacular Allium remains ornamental in the garden well into summer. Planted in groups, it makes a terrific focal point within the border.

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Allium 'Mont Blanc' (Ornamental Onion)

Tall and elegant! Allium 'Mont Blanc' is a splendid beauty with its 4 inch wide (10 cm) umbels of pure-white flowers atop sturdy, upright stems

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Allium atropurpureum (Ornamental Onion)

Allium atropurpureum is a hardy perennial bulb with star-shaped, deep purple-red flowers packed into a half-globe umbel, 2 in. wide (5 cm). Each flower is comprised of deep merlot-purple florets adorned with blueberry-purple eyes, which creates a wonderful contrast of colors. Blooming in late spring to early summer, the flowers are borne on sturdy, upright stems above strap-shaped green leaves.

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Allium caeruleum (Ornamental Onion)

Spectacular and refreshing! Prized for its true blue color, Allium caeruleum provides interesting ornamental value in the garden in late spring to early summer.

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Allium cristophii (Star of Persia)

Everlasting shimmering amethyst flowers! Allium cristophii (Star of Persia) is an elegant ornamental onion with star-shaped silvery purple flowers forming a 8 inch wide (20 cm) globe-shaped cluster atop narrow and hairy leaves.

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Allium giganteum (Ornamental Onion)

Dramatic border background plant! Perhaps the tallest of the ornamental onions, Allium giganteum is a striking and bold addition to the garden with its star-shaped, tiny lilac-purple flowers forming a 5-6 in. wide (12-15 cm) globe-shaped cluster.

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Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion)

A favorite of many gardeners, multiple award-winner Allium 'Purple Sensation' is a striking ornamental onion with its inflorescence consisting of dozens of small, star-shaped, rich violet-lilac flowers, forming perfectly round flowerheads, 3 in. wide (8 cm). They are borne atop sturdy stalks, which arise from a group of 6 to 8 handsome, blue-green, straplike leaves.

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Allium moly (Lily Leek)

Would you have ever thought that Alliums could display clusters of golden yellow flowers? Allium moly ((Lily Leek) does, and it does it superbly and profusely!

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