Guides by Region: Midwest Guides
Gardening Tips for Gardeners in the Northern and Central Midwest Region
How to extend the growing season and life of your plants in Northern & Central Midwest
Gardening in the Northern and Central Midwest
Selecting plants suited to the diverse Northern & Central Midwest climate is a key step to success. The Midwest lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 through 6, one of the widest ranges in the U.S., and in AHS Heat Zones 1 through 8.
Great Perennials for Gardeners in the Northern and Central Midwest Region
Perennial flowers are fabulous additions to our gardens. When carefully selected, waves after waves of colorful blooms will be enjoyed in your Midwestern garden from spring to fall
Great Shrubs for Gardeners in the Northern and Central Midwest Region
Selecting plants suited to the diverse Northern and Central Midwest climate is a key step to success.
Best Spring Bulbs for the Central and Great Plains Region
Your climate can experience cold winters and hot summers with occasional extreme temperature variations and moderate moisture
Best Spring Bulbs for the Northern Central Region
This lovely area has very cold winters and moderate summers. The moisture level is moderate to dry.
Best Spring Bulbs for the East Central Region
Yours is an excellent area for most spring-flowering bulbs with moderately cold winters, ample moisture, and warm to hot summers.
Best Spring Bulbs for the Great Lakes Region
You have the benefit of a climate moderated by the Great Lakes. However, you can experience fairly extreme climate changes and often heavy winds.
Best David Austin Roses for Gardeners in the Midwest
Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in Midwest gardens?
Hardiness Zones in the USA
The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 13 zones of 10°F each, ranging from -60°F (-51°C) to 70°F (21°C). If you are planning to buy a shrub, perennial or tree, you need to make sure that this new plant will tolerate year-round conditions in your area.
Great Shrubs with Berries for Winter Interest in the Northern and Central Midwest Region
Enjoy a burst of color in your winter garden with one of these attractive shrubs or small trees. They make a delightful addition to the landscape with their colorful berry-laden branches, transforming drab spots into beautiful focal points.
Beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons for the Midwest
The following is a list of Azaleas and Rhododendrons recognized as proven performers in the Midwest region. Most of them have received the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society.
Great Clematis for the Midwest
The Chicago Botanic Garden undertook an evaluation project to determine which clematis were suitable for cultivation in midwest gardens. Initiated in the spring of 1990 and continued through the fall of 1995, 64 species and cultivars were included in the project. Here is a list of Clematis varieties which performed extremely well and obtained good to excellent ratings.
Plant Hardiness, Heat Tolerance and Climate Zones
A plant's performance is governed by many climate-related factors including the length of the growing season, the amount of rainfall, winter lows, summer highs, wind, or humidity.
Best Flowering Crabapples for Midwestern Gardens
Flowering crabapples are choice garden trees with their springtime clouds of fragrant blossoms and their fall colorful fruits. When selecting a flowering crabapple variety for your garden, consider its ornamental features (flowers, fruit display, etc.), size and growth habit, and importantly, its disease-resistance. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in Midwestern gardens.
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