The Right Plant In The Right Place
To establish perennials that will return for years of beautiful flowers or foliage in your garden, you'll need to make sure that you select plants that are matched to your zone and growing conditions. Below are the key factors for choosing the right plants:
Each plant has a range of USDA Hardiness Zones that it can grow in. This will tell you roughly the warmest and coldest temperatures that the plant can tolerate. While not the only factor for choosing a plant, zones are a quick and simple way to know if a plant can grow in your region. Learn more about USDA Hardiness Zones and microclimates: US Hardiness Zones
In order to thrive, different plants need different light levels. Shade-loving plants may be burned if planted hot, sunny sites. Sun-loving plants will fail to thrive if they're planted in shady areas. Learn more about garden light levels and planting for shade: Understanding Your Garden Shade
Soil Type & Soil Moisture
Different plants have adapted to different types of soil. Some plants will be happy growing in a range of soil types, while others may have specific requirements. For instance, Lavender plants, which are native to the rocky hillsides of the Mediterranean, need relatively dry, well-drained soil and tend to rot in dense clay soil or wet areas. Learn more about soil, how to determine your soil type, and how to build healthy soil: How To Improve Garden Soil
How To Find The Right Plants
As you shop for plants, you can check the shopping filters under "Shopping Options" to select plants that match your Zone, Light Requirements, Soil Type, and Soil Moisture. You can also look for plants to help you find plants with advantages that meet your garden goals - such as plants that are deer resistant, good for cut flowers, bee-friendly, attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds, and more.