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Selecting plants suited to your climate 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.

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




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 Sky' (Hummingbird Mint)

Agastache 'Summer Sky' proudly displays glowing violet-blue flowers with dark calyxes over a bright green foliage from midsummer well into the fall for a great colorful display.

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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 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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Agave 'Blue Flame'

Resembling a blue flame with its gracefully incurved leaf, Agave 'Blue Flame' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of flexible blue-green leaves with finely serrated margins and a terminal spine.

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Agave 'Blue Glow'

Agave 'Blue Glow' is a slow-growing evergreen succulent which produces elegant rosettes of blue-green, chalky leaves with finely toothed margins adorned with a golden and red ribbon. A striking beauty which is particularly stunning when backlit with its glowing red and golden margin.

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Agave 'Joe Hoak'

Incredibly pretty, Agave 'Joe Hoak' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces striking rosettes of gracefully curving leaves, delicately striated with pale gray-green and cream, and adorned with a terminal reddish-brown spine.

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Agave 'Kissho Kan' (Butterfly Agave)

A magnificent Japanese selection, Agave 'Kissho Kan' is an evergreen, perennial succulent forming a perfectly symmetrical rosette of thick, rigid, soft silver-blue to blue-green leaves. The foliage is adorned with creamy white toothed margins and leaf spines, which emerge yellow, change to pale brown before turning dark reddish-brown. \

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Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba' (Century Plant)

Smaller than its giant cousin, Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Alba'(Century Plant) is an evergreen perennial forming splendid rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, gray-green leaves, each with a bright creamy-white central stripe. The fleshy leaves are armed with recurved spines along the edges and a long terminal spine.

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Agave americana 'Mediopicta Aurea' (Century Plant)

Smaller than its giant cousin, Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Aurea'(Century Plant) is an evergreen perennial forming striking rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, gray-green leaves, each with a bright yellow central stripe.

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Agave americana (Century Plant)

Incredibly beautiful and majestic, Agave americana (Century Plant) is a very large, evergreen perennial forming handsome rosettes of thick, spiny-edged, blue-green leaves, up to 6 ft. long (180 cm).

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Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue' (Fox Tail Agave)

A splendid blue selection of Fox Tail Agave, Agave attenuata 'Boutin Blue' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of wide, flexible, blue-green leaves, without any teeth along their margins. Emerging from a tight center, the soft, pliable, voluptuous leaves arch gracefully back.

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Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' (Fox Tail Agave)

An exquisite variegated selection of Fox Tail Agave, Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light' is an evergreen succulent perennial which produces elegant rosettes of wide, flexible, pale green leaves, adorned with a fine white streak running the length of each leaf margin. Emerging from a tight center, the soft, pliable leaves arch gracefully back.

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