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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 Great Rose-Covered Entrance

Like an entrance to a secret garden, this crisp white wooden arbor, draped with scented climbing roses, provides a warm welcome to guests who can enjoy the fragrance of the flowers as they pass by

A Great Summer Planting Idea with Mexican Sunflowers, Zinnia and Grasses

Annual plants bring color and excitement to summer gardens. This desirable and long-lasting border idea is a great example. Easy to replicate in your own sunny garden, this striking plant combination will last for months until frost.

A Hot Border Idea with Achillea, Hemerocallis and Grasses

Awash with colors and shapes from early to late summer, this hot border is really fascinating. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.

A Hot Colored Garden

This glowing garden is part of Andrew Grossman's own garden located in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Contrasting with the Blue & White section …

A Hot Summer Border Idea with Dahlia, Crocosmia and Aster

The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.

A Jaw-Dropping Border Idea for Your Late Spring Garden

A jaw-dropping border for your late spring garden!

A Late Summer Border Idea with Dahlias, Helenium and Persicaria

How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border which can also be enjoyed from mid summer until fall? Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.

A Long-Lasting and Fragrant Spring Border

A lovely and long-lasting combination!

A Long-Lasting Border

Like a rainbow in your garden, this wonderful long-lasting mix of superb coneflowers (Echinacea) of the 'Big Sky' series with Anise Hyssop (Agastache) and Sneezeweed (Helenium) will enchant any sunny border.

A Long-Lasting Perennial Planting Idea with Kniphofia, Rudbeckia and Artemisia

Get inspired by the gardeners of the lovely Peacock Garden at Great Dixter and create stunning borders like this one. Most plants won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. All are deer resistant

A Long-Lasting Planting Idea with Grasses, Anemone, Joe-Pye Weed and Persicaria

Fabulous looking and low care, this attractive late summer combination of ornamental grasses and perennials is a feast for the eye

A Long-Lasting Planting Idea with Japanese Anemones and Coneflowers

Only 3 plants comprise this naturalistic combination. Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.

A long-Lasting Spring Border for Weeks of Color

A dazzling splash of color in the mid - late spring garden!

A Long-Lasting Spring Tulip Border for Weeks of Color

A dazzling splash of color in the mid - late spring garden!

A Long-Lasting Summer Border Idea

Bring interest to your garden path!

A Long-Lasting Summer Duo for your Borders: Lavender and Cosmos

A long-lasting summer mix! Both plants are drought and dry soil tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance, excellent in fresh cut flowers bouquets and will reward you with plentiful blossoms and happy butterflies!

A Long-Lasting Summer Idea for your Borders with Lavender, Achillea and Sedum

If you are looking for a long-lasting border idea with drought tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance plants, you have found it!