Regions / Midwest
Selecting plants suited to the Midwest climate is a key step to success.
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).
The Midwest region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 6 and in AHS Heat Zones 1 through 8. Weather varies dramatically from state to state and season to season. However, generally speaking, the Midwest region enjoys cold winters with snow, short springs, cool falls, and hot, humid summers.
If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.
A Charming Plant Combination for Shady Gardens: Hydrangea, Japanese Maple and Boxwood
Easy on the eyes, this simple and elegant plant combination is a pleasure to live with. Perfect for the shade garden, its refreshing plant palette of green and white plants provides a cooling and pleasing effect. An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy from spring to fall. Most plants are rabbit resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. Enjoy!
An Eye-Catching Spring Border with Irises, Foxgloves and Poppies
Easy to replicate and relatively low maintenance, this plant combination is deer resistant and will put a smile on your face for many weeks! Most plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
Flowers and Herbs for a Rock Garden
This charming rock garden combines easy-to-grow annuals, perennials, and herbs in a pretty mix of forms and colors. All plants are deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and low maintenance. Some make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home and others will give a magnificent taste to your cuisine.
A Long-Lasting Summer Garden Idea with Marigold and Sage
This summer garden idea combines easy-to-grow annuals and perennials in a pretty mix of forms and colors. All plants are deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, and low maintenance. Most make lovely fresh bouquets to be enjoyed at home!
A Casual and Impressionistic Planting Combination
A scenery that reminds of Monet's Poppy Field in Argenteuil, where colorful blobs of paint start from a sprinkling of poppies. This casual and impressionistic planting combination is fairly easy to re-create and requires little maintenance.
A Spectacular Spring Border Idea with Tulip 'Heart's Delight' & Crocus 'Remembrance'
A fabulous flower carpet in early spring! Prior to the blooming of the majority of the perennials, the crocuses will be happily and busily cheering up the garden
A Four-Season Border with Evergreen Conifers and Japanese Maples
While a single Japanese maple can provide a striking focal point, when combined with other maples of different graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, the effect is spectacular. If you add a few evergreen shrubs, trees or herbaceous plants, your garden becomes a place of outstanding beauty all year long.
A Glowing Winter Border with Dogwood, Heath and Grasses
This incredibly pretty planting includes plants of great winter interest that will lift your spirits during the dull days of winter.
A Cheerful Winter Border Idea with Hellebores and Cyclamens
Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.
A Traffic-Stopping Spring Border Idea with Bold Tulips and Muscari
Get creative and cheer up your mid-late spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing golden yellow tulips adorned with fiery scarlet edges, make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!
An Eye-Catching Winter Border Idea with Colorful Twigs and Cyclamens
Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top-performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'
A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!
A Pretty Border Idea with Alliums and Persicaria
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. In this sunny border, the striking and architectural, ball-shaped, violet-lilac blossoms of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion) look fantastic popping up through the lower-growing, pink Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' (Bistort). A wonderful pairing which is also rich in benefits.
An Eye-Catching Border Idea with colorful Allium and Euphorbia
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, bright greenish-yellow flowers of Euphorbia palustris (Marsh Spurge) with the attractive, burnt orange flowers and red-tinged leaves of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fern Cottage' (Spurge). Fairly easy to re-create, deer and rabbit resistant, and low maintenance!