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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 Fragrant Path

Providing months of fragrance and color, while being trouble-free and moderately low maintenance, this beautiful path could be yours.

A Fragrant Plant Combination Idea For Your Early Spring Garden

Get your landscape to burst into vivid life during the chillier months! Remember to plant a few Dwarf Irises (Iris reticulata) and Snowdrops (Galanthus) in the fall.

A Fragrant Relaxing Spot

Wouldn't such a garden spot make you flush with garden pride?

A Fragrant Spring Border for weeks of color!

Sweet scented, fresh and eye catching!

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Double Early Tulips & Muscari

Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!

A Fragrant Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Primula and Daffodils

Imagine your spring garden full of 'Ballerina', 'Apricot Parrot' tulips and fragrant Daffodils over a carpet of sweetly scented, rich yellow Common Cowslip. Lovely, isn't it?

A Fragrant Summer Border with Roses, Lavender, Pinks and Sea Holly

Colorful blossoms and delightful fragrance that will entice the senses! Create this border where you will be able to enjoy its perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck!

A Fresh Border Idea with Monarda, Geranium and Phlox

A lovely plant combination for a long lasting display. Easy to grow, the plants selected offer a soft harmony of pink, blue and purple shades that are soothing to the eye. The planting palette includes herbaceous perennials chosen for their individual qualities

A Glorious Border Idea for your Early-Mid Spring Garden

A wonderful bouquet to offer to your garden!

A Glorious Spring Border with Tulip 'Bastogne' & Tulip 'Judith Leyster'

A vibrant display of colors realized with 2 beautiful mid season tulips!

A Glowing Fall Border with Asters and Grasses

A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Fairly easy to replicate, this planting is drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant. Most plants make great cut flowers to be enjoyed in a vase too.

A Glowing Fall Border with Asters, Anemones and Grasses

A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Combine them with the graceful silky blossoms of Japanese Anemones, the lavender-purple airy bouquets of Tall Verbena and architectural ornamental grasses such as the lovely Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) and you will enjoy a delightful color show

A Glowing Fall Border with Asters, Chinese Lanterns and Butterfly Bushes

A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Combine them with glowing Chinese Lanterns (Physalis franchetii) and Butterfly Bushes (Buddleja davidii) and you will enjoy a delightful color show which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from late until frost.

A Glowing Perennial Planting Idea with Rudbeckias and Garden Phlox

A simple but eye-catching mix realized with 3 favorite perennials for most gardeners which brings cheerful summer notes to the landscape!

A Glowing Prairie Planting Idea for Your Summer

Wouldn't you love your sunny borders to look like this in the summer? Low maintenance and easy to grow, all these prolific bloomers will bring fireworks of color to your landscape all summer long!

A Glowing Spring Border Idea with Parrot Tulips

For an array guaranteed to take your breath away!

A Glowing Spring Border with 4 Amazing Tulips

A dazzling splash of color in the late spring garden!

A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Nepeta

How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border that can also be enjoyed in early fall

A Glowing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Sage

How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant species such as gaily-colored Tall Bearded Irises, cool purples and blues of Sage, Catmint or Garden Phlox, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of White Flower Lace.

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.