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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 Majestic Walkway

This lovely serpentine bluestone path with plantings of different heights, textures and colors, creates a wonderful experience and feeling as we wander along it.

A Much Admired Spring Idea with Allium and Laburnum

Wow! Such a breathtaking plant combination to cheer you up for weeks in late spring - early summer. Easy to replicate, this planting includes 2 award-winning plants.

A Pastel Border Idea for Your Spring Garden

This harmonious spring border has been realized with 4 award-winning flowering bulbs.

A Pastel Border Idea with Astilbes, Hemerocallis and Geranium

This soft plant palette of pastel colors can be enjoyed from early to late summer and includes a few easy-to-grow perennial plants. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.

A Pastel Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Daffodils & Forget-Me-Nots

An enchanting scenery that can be easily replicated at home!

A Perfect Entrance

It is amazing how trailing flowers can add a sense of romance to any spot. Here, the simple and symmetrical entrance of this Mediterranean home is softened by the Clematis, cascading from the front porch in pink swathes delicately swaying in the summer br

A Perfect Garden Decor with Roses

Perfect for bringing welcome color to dull walls, privacy screens or fences, they provide an element of beauty to any outdoor structure and create fabulous backdrops. Aside from their amazingly beautiful flowers, they also give off a sweet fragrance and easily add a touch of romanticism to bare settings

A Perfect Summer Border with Tiger Lilies, Echinacea and Sea Holly

Who can resist a border overflowing with colorful perennial flowers? Fairly easy to replicate, this festive border includes a few spectacular elements which provide striking color and contrast to the perennial border

A Pretty and Long-Lasting Garden Idea with Outstanding Plants

This fascinating border has been created by landscape architect, Dina Deferme, for her own garden. Get inspired and re-create the same relaxed atmosphere in your own garden. Most plants are drought tolerant, deer or rabbit resistant and enjoy a very long season of interest.

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.

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Geranium

Fairly easy to replicate, this attractive plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Duo to Try: Asclepias and Salvia

Fairly easy to replicate, this eye-catching plant combination includes a couple of spectacular elements which almost thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks. Low maintenance, pest and disease-free, deer and drought tolerant, this planting will attract scores of butterflies.

A Pretty Duo with Clematis and Lilies

The pale lavender-blue flowers of Clematis 'Emilia Plater' are beautifully combined with the strongly recurved, dark crimson flowers of Lilium 'Black Beauty'. The two plants are extraordinarily vigorous and floriferous.

A Pretty Flower Carpet for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Reigning as supreme ground covers in the mid to late spring garden, Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violet) and Corydalis (Fumewort) intermingle to create a wonderful floral tapestry. Part shade lovers, they are perfect to underplant shrubs and roses or to brighten up woodland gardens. Extremely easy to re-create in no time. You have to try it!

A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Asters, Roses and Grasses

Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow perennials make a striking contrast to the soft autumnal hues of the grasses. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.

A Pretty Late Season Border Idea with Kniphofia, Monkshood and Grasses

Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow plants will enlighten your garden for weeks. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.

A Pretty Perennial Planting Idea with Echinops, Eryngium and Sedum

Fairly easy to replicate, this interesting prairie planting includes a few spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks.

A Pretty Plant Combination for Moist Soils: Water Iris, Spurge and Hosta

Brighten a moist area of your garden with this pretty plant combination pairing the fiery blossoms of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' (Spurge) with the bluish-purple vertical blossoms of Water Irises (Iris laevigata) and the delightfully fragrant Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' (Plantain Lily). 

A Pretty Prairie Planting Idea with Echinacea pallida, Eryngium and Agastache

This prairie style planting is composed of vigorous perennials which will add drama in your garden from early summer to fall.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Corsican Hellebore and Siberian Bugloss

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Hellebores. A low maintenance and deer resistant plant combination to bring cheerful color to your spring garden. Enjoy!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Hellebore, Siberian Bugloss and Grasses

Showy and long-lasting, Hellebore 'Green Corsican' looks terrific when combined with the airy blue blossoms of Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) and the bright gold foliage of Hakonechloa Macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass).

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Crocuses

Rhododendron 'Praecox' is a beautiful early-flowering shrub bearing rosy lilac flowers in profusion in late winter to early spring. It is underplanted with the reddish-purple blooms of Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'. Among the earliest to flower, this crocus withstands wind, rain and is a great choice for naturalizing.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips

Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.