It turns out upgrading your home landscaping could raise it’s overall value by up to 12 percent, according to research from Virginia Tech.  But what types of blossoms thrive in D.C.’s hot and humid summers?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area is comprised mostly of two hardiness zones, 7a and 7b.  The USDA Plant Hardiness Zoning Map is known as the standard for determining which plants are most likely to succeed in a given region.  Since we happen to live in lucky zone #7, there is no shortage of options. Take a look at some of the beautiful greenery surrounding these SSB built homes.

And if you’re looking to upgrade your landscaping game here are a few of our favorite annual and perennial flowers, which also happen to be approved for our region by the Farmer’s Almanac.