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.
A lovely way of 'coloring' a lawn in early-mid spring!
Set your garden border ablaze for weeks from midsummer to fall with 3 outstanding plants: Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna.
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.
Here is a charming plant combination that can be enjoyed for weeks and is fairly easy to replicate at home. It combines the cheerful and sometimes unusual blossoms of Alliums, Garden Pinks, Sage and Wallflowers for a color explosion from late spring to late summer. Add a few Stonecrops (Sedums) to extend the color fireworks into fall!
This late summer tapestry has been created by weaving together late season perennials and ornamental grasses. Rather than each having their own space, the partners each mingle, encroach and intertwine on and with the other as a reflection of their perfect marriage.
Bejeweled with Japanese Anemones and Mountain fleece, this late summer planting idea includes just a few plants that will bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most.
This spectacular pair of perennials will provide weeks of joyful color in your borders from late summer to fall. A classic and vibrant mix of contrasting pink and purple for the late season perennial border. Perfect for wet soils. Deer and rabbit resistant too!
An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy in mid to late spring. Most plants are deer resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. They are all low maintenance.
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!
Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, this summer border, awash with colors and shapes, is really fascinating. A few perennials were used to create this striking look
A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Easy to grow and low care, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink and blue shades that are soothing to the eye. All plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Enjoy!
A simple and easy plant combination to create for a lovely and unforgettable spectacle! Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!
Attractive to butterflies but ignored by deer!
Bringing color before most plants have ventured a leaf above ground, Hellebores (Helleborus) are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. But rather than let these charming beauties bloom lonesomely in a bare patch, give them companion plants and layer your plantings for maximum drama.
For a cheerful displayl! Easy to replicate, this bulb combination includes 2 gardener's favorites that will provide a joyful display to cheer you up and impress your neighbors in mid spring!
Tulips are popular for growing with biennials to create attractive shape and color contrasts in spring. Two traditional partners are Wallflowers (Erysimum) and Forget Me Nots (Myosotis) which contribute to easily create superb combinations.
Try tearing your eyes away! Fairly easy to recreate, this planting includes 3 gaily-colored Dahlias, a caramel and gold Helenium (Sneezeweed) and the profuse sunny, fluffy pompons of False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides).
The beauty and diversity of the plants selected for this informal garden will get you to gaze at them all summer long. Easy to grow, they will bloom in succession for a long-lasting floral show.