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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 Cheerful Summer Planting Idea with Dahlia, Cosmos, Echinacea and Ammi visnaga

This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes lovely ingredients. Valued for their soft pink blossoms, Dahlias are beautifully leaping up out of a froth of pure white Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) and gloriously team up with the cheerful blossoms of Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) and Cosmos.

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 Colorful Border Idea for Your Early-Mid Spring Garden

Sunny colors for the early-mid spring garden!

A Colorful Early Spring Combination

In this deer and rabbit resistant plant combination, all plants have won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding merits!

A Colorful Front Walk

Add splashes of color and fragrance to your path!

A Colorful Garden Path

Create beautiful garden paths or walkways with these 3 outstanding mat-forming perennials, all of them with so profuse blooms that they completely obscure their handsome, semi-evergreen foliage!

A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Easy-to-Grow Plants

If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.

A Colorful Summer Border Idea with Hemerocallis, Hosta and Alchemilla

This plant combination includes 7 gorgeous Daylilies with different flowering seasons for a longer display. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, most plants will enchant you and your garden year after year

A Colorful Summer Planting Idea with Achillea, Agastache, Eremurus & Nepeta

Long-lasting and low maintenance! Variety and contrast bring interest to any planting. This colorful plant combination is a perfect example of it

A Contemporary Provencal Courtyard

Two thumbs up for this extremely appealing courtyard where the clean and geometric lines of the lavender beds are softly echoed by the silver-gray stone path.

A Cottage Garden in Seekonk

This adorable four-seasons cottage garden is a beautiful invitation to savory moments of contentment and relaxation.

A Distinctive Spring Border with Tulip 'Negrita', Tulip 'Spring Green' & Tulip 'Menton'

A stunning combination that will make your garden look fantastic!

A Dramatic Entryway

Want a dramatic front yard? And privacy from the neighbors? Why don't you follow the steps of Joel Loblaw in the layered approach to this Tudor-style home's entryway.

A Dream Outdoor Space

What a lovely outdoor space with the elegant white pergola covering this home's front porch...

A Fabulous Border Idea with Primula vialii (Orchid Primrose)

Looking for an arresting border idea for your garden that would also be low care and deer resistant? You found it

A Fabulous Border Idea with Single Late Tulips

Aren't those colorful dots rising above the level of the grass a fascinating sight?

A Fabulous Border with Double Late Tulips

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Campanula and Kniphofia

With their unusual shapes and brilliant colors, Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers) are wonderful herbaceous perennials to combine with Campanula (Milky Bellflowers) in beds and borders.

A Fabulous Duo to Try: Echinacea and Miss Willmott's Ghost

Fairly easy to replicate, this dramatic border includes a couple of spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks