Guides by Region: Midwest Guides
How to extend the growing season and life of your plants in Northern & Central Midwest
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
Selecting plants suited to the diverse Northern and Central Midwest climate is a key step to success.
Your climate can experience cold winters and hot summers with occasional extreme temperature variations and moderate moisture
Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliably hardy and entirely worth growing in Midwest gardens?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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