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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

Asparagus Fern

asparagus fern is fine for window box

Asparagus Fern is a class A non-native invasive in frost-free areas such as Florida, the extreme Southern Gulf Coast and perhaps the West Coast. It is fine for a window box, as we used it, but it is best avoided in these areas.

Tender perennial, grown as a houseplant for its fine fern-like foliage and arching stem

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
Plant in light to partial shade
Height: 2-3 feet; Width: 3-4 feet
Annual in zones 2-8
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in light shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; water freely during growing season; prune when needed; fertilize monthly while outdoors; bring indoors before first frost.
Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells; may be invasive.

Golden Marinka

golden marinka is grown for its trailing habit

Tender perennial, grown as a houseplant for its trailing habit and pendulous scarlet/purple flowers

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
Plant in morning sun and afternoon partial shade
Height: 6-12 inches; Width: 12-18 inches
Annual in zones 2-7
Hardy in USDA zones 8-10:
Zones 2-7: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in morning sun with protection from hot afternoon sun; water freely during growing season; prune when needed; fertilize monthly while outdoors; bring indoors before first frost.
Zones 8-10: Plant in spring; plant in light shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells; may be invasive.

Purple Pinata Double Impatiens

purple pinata double impatiens resemble tiny roses

Annual grown for its double red/purple flowers that resemble tiny roses

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
Plant in light to partial shade
Height: 14-16 inches; Width: 12-14 inches
Annual in zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:
Zones 2-9: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; discard plants after frost; will sometimes reseed.
Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; will sometimes reseed.

Coleus

coleus grown for its golden foliage

Annual grown for its bold red foliage

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; water when dry
Plant in full sun
Pinch plants to encourage bushiness
Height: 24-36 inches; Width: 24-36 inches
Annual in USDA zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:
Zones 2-9: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; cut back foliage and bring indoors or root cuttings indoors before frost or discard plants after killing frost.
Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; prune away old foliage in fall.

Emperor Japanese Maple

emperor japanese maple has deep purple leaves

Small to medium deciduous tree with deep purple leaves that change to red later in the season

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring
Plant in full sun to light shade; prune while dormant in winter
Height: 20-25 feet; Width: 15-20 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-8:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; red color may wash out in full sun in hot weather.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; red color may wash out in full sun in hot weather.

Herbert Azalea

herbert azalea has double lavender flowers

Small semi-evergreen shrub with double lavender flowers resembling orchids

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring
Plant in morning sun to partial shade; prune after blooming
Height: 2-4 feet; Width: 3-5 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in morning sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in morning sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in morning sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in light to partial shade; mulch after first frost.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in light to partial shade; mulch in fall.

Alba Rhododendron

alba rhododendron has fragrant white flowers

Medium to large evergreen shrub with fragrant white flowers in early summer

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; prune after blooming
Plant in morning sun to partial shade; can tolerate full sun in colder zones
Height: 6 feet; Width: 6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in morning sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in morning sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in light to partial shade; mulch after first frost; plants may struggle in areas with hot, humid summers. Walter's experience has shown that these plants may struggle in zone 8 in the south, but do much better in zone 8 in the Pacific Northwest.

Hetz Midget Arborvitae

hetz midget arborvitae is globe shaped evergreen

Dense, globe-shaped evergreen shrub noted for its tight green foliage that bronzes in winter

Plant in full sun to light shade in rich, moist, but well-drained soil
Water regularly first season and in times of dry weather
Fertilize in mid spring with acid-based fertilizer
Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
Height: 2-4 feet; Width: 3-5 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 2-7:
Zone 2: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first frost.

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

popular gold standard hosta is shade plant

Popular golden Hosta

Plant in moist, but-well drained soil
Plant in partial to full shade for all zones
Watch for presence of slugs
Hardy in AHS heat zones 9-2
Hardy in USDA zones 3-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Palace Purple Coral Bells

palace purple coral bells are known for foliage

Evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial known for its deep purple foliage and cream flowers

Plant in partial to full shade
Plant in wet to moist, but well drained rich soil
Fertilize in spring as new foliage appears
Height: 12-18 inches; Width: 10-15 inches
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch after planting and again after first hard frost to prevent heaving; avoid contact with salt; water during dry periods; remove tattered foliage in spring as new foliage appears; pull mulch away from crown in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in partial shade; mulch after planting and again after first hard frost to prevent heaving; avoid contact with salt; water during dry periods; remove tattered foliage in spring as new foliage appears; pull mulch away from crown in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in partial to medium shade; mulch after planting and again in fall; water during dry periods; remove tattered foliage in spring as new foliage appears; pull mulch away from crown in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again in fall; water during dry periods; remove tattered foliage in spring as new foliage appears; pull mulch away from crown in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again in fall; water during dry periods; remove tattered foliage in spring as new foliage appears; pull mulch away from crown in spring.

Super Sonic New Guinea Impatiens

super sonic new guinea impatiens have large blooms

Clump forming annual grown for its large white blooms (comes also in a variety of other colors)

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
Plant in light to partial shade; can tolerate some sun in cooler zones
Height: 12-20 inches; Width: 12-14 inches
Annual in zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:
Zones 2-9: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; discard plants after frost; will sometimes reseed.
Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; will sometimes reseed.

Celebrette Purple New Guinea Impatiens

celebrette purple new guinea impatiens are annuals

Clump forming annual grown for its large lavender blooms (comes also in a variety of other colors)

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil
Plant in light to partial shade; can tolerate some sun in cooler zones
Height: 8-10 inches; Width: 10-12 inches
Annual in zones 2-9
Hardy in USDA zones 10-11:
Zones 2-9: Plant outside or in containers after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; discard plants after frost; will sometimes reseed.
Zones 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water freely during growing season; pinch to increase bushiness; fertilize monthly while outdoors; will sometimes reseed.

Green Velvet Boxwood

green velvet boxwood is compact evergreen shrub

Compact evergreen shrub with good green foliage and rounded habit

Plant in rich, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; prune in early spring
Plant can tolerate exposure to salt
Plant in full sun to partial shade
Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 3-4 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first frost.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first frost.

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus

emerald gaiety euonymus has cascading habit

E. fortunei has demonstrated invasiveness in the Midwest, Northeast and South.

Compact evergreen shrub with a cascading habit and shiny green leaves with a silver edge
Plant in poor to average garden soil that is well-drained

Plant in full sun to partial shade
Invasive; susceptible to scale
Height: 4-5 feet; Width: 3 feet
Hardy in USDA zones (4)5-8(9):
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring; may survive better with good snow cover and protection from harsh winter wind.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring; may not thrive in this zone.

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