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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 Pretty Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Bleeding Hearts

The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.

A Pretty Spring Border with Allium, Poppies and Wedding Cake Tree

One of the most stunning variegated trees, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) makes a wonderful focal point for a small to medium-sized garden. In this pretty late spring garden, it has been paired with the bold red blossoms of Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere' (Oriental Poppy) and the architectural white Allium 'Mount Everest' (Ornamental Onion).

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Astrantia and Grasses

This perennial planting of herbaceous plants creates a colorful ornamental landscape in late spring or early summer. Towering above the delicate, claret flowers of Astrantia major (Mugwort) and the elegant clouds of feathery panicles of Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass), spectacular tall Bearded Irises garner the attention.

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Mullein 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 plants in rich shades of reds, purples and plums such as Tall Bearded Irises, Sage, Mullein, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of Baltic Parsley.

A Regal Border for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Stately and tall, Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) makes a striking statement in the garden, whether in beds or borders. Underplanted with cobalt-blue Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), the effect is stunning!

A Romantic Border Idea for Your Mid-Late Spring Garden

Easy to realize, this fresh and classic border combines pastel tulips with delightfully fragrant daffodils for a charming display in mid-late spring.

A Romantic Border with Tulip 'Mount Tacoma' & Tulip 'Cummins'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Romantic Pond

This fabulously romantic pond is part of Andrew Grossman's own garden located in Seekonk, Massachusetts. It is the continuation of his White & Blue Garden and flowers extensively from Spring to Frost

A Romantic Spring Garden Idea with Peonies, Irises and Flower Bulbs

This romantic and delicate planting includes mostly plants that are chalk and lime tolerant. Ranging from creamy white to blush and deepening to clarets and blues in the meadow, their soft colors create a sense of exquisite tranquillity and deep relaxation. A wonderful way to celebrate late spring and early summer.

A Romantic Terrace

Often, less is more. Take this landscape design composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. This small, suburban garden feels both expansive and intimate.

A Sensational Daffodil Mix for Your Spring Garden

Combined in a traditional manner, here is a simple bulb combination with 4 award-winning flower bulbs, which creates a sunny and impressive effect in the mid-spring garden

A Shade Loving Border Idea with Hemerocallis, Hosta and Tiger Lilies

A beautiful plant combination to brighten up a shaded corner of your garden. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer resistant and will come back year after year to charm you!

A Sparkling Border Idea for the Mid-Late Spring Garden

Isn't this overall combination a dazzling way to enliven your garden?

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea For Your Garden

Want vibrant colors in your late spring garden? An easy bulb combination to replicate? Try this

A Sparkling Spring Border Idea with Heaths and Wood Anemones

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!

A Sparkling Summer Border Idea with Helenium, Monarda and Veronica

This pretty perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of vigorous perennials which will set your garden afire from mid summer until fall. Attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds but ignored by deer, these plants also make excellent cut flowers.

A Sparkling Summer Border Idea with Queen of the Prairie, Bee Balm and Culver's Root

This pretty perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of vigorous perennials which will set your garden afire from early to late summer

A Spectacular and Long-Lasting Spring Border idea For Weeks of Display

Designed by the renowned international landscape designer, Jacqueline van der Kloet, for Keukenhof - where over seven million bulbs are planted, offering a glorious decor, rich of colors and fragrances - this soft and tender combination of tulips and daffodils truly reflects Jacqueline's art at uniquely painting landscapes with her bulbs' palette, in a much more casual and feminine way than her predecessors