Regions / 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Easy to realize, this fresh and classic border combines pastel tulips with delightfully fragrant daffodils for a charming display in mid-late spring.
A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!
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 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!
For a rosy-purple swath of color!
Isn't this overall combination a dazzling way to enliven your garden?
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!
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.
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
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