Posted on 03/25/2015

8 Perennials to Grow in Your Garden in the Midwest

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If you are from the Midwest, you are well aware that you are likely to experience multiple seasons of weather in one day. When considering items to plant in your garden, it’s a good idea to pick plants and flowers that can easily adapt to a variety of climate conditions and are native to the area. These tough, Midwest-native plants are great options for a beautiful garden with low maintenance.


red and yellow columbine flower (aquilegia)

This hardy perennial offers dainty red and yellow-spurred flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This adaptable plant does well in sun or shade but prefers partial shade and well-drained soil. It can tolerate full sun, average soils and dry soil conditions.


jack in the pulpit fruit

This enchanting plant can grow up to two feet tall. It is a shade lover and does well in moist, well-drained soil. After blooming in early spring, the stalk forms a cluster of red berries that attract birds and wildlife.

Wild Anemone

close up of a white anemones. flowers of winter season. stamens and pistils. great light background. macro.

These easy-to-grow and easy-to-love flowers grow in moist soils rich in organic matter. The large white flowers are a great spring plant with immense groundcover. Plant these in a partly sunned and shaded area for best results.


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Goldenrod blooms yellow flowers.

This cheerful plant boasts bright yellow blooms, hence its name. These thrive during the fall season in fully sunned areas with well-drained soil.

Poppy Mallow

macro of a purple poppy mallow

The poppy mallow plant also has incredible groundcover with reddish-purple blooms, guaranteed to brighten up your garden all summer long. Poppy mallow is drought-tolerant and pest-free, perfect for the front border of your garden landscaping or along a rock wall.

Blue Sage

a large blue sage

Blue sage will give your garden height, as it grows to four feet tall. In the early fall, its flowers bloom a beautiful sky blue. This easy perennial attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and makes a great border flower.



This wildflower favorite typically boasts a blue or purple flower, though some varieties may be pink, red or white. Because spiderwort grows in clumps with grass-like foliage, this plant is best used for borders, edging and woodland gardens.

Butterfly Weed


Butterfly weed is prized for its large clusters of electric-orange flowers, making it a buttefly magnet. This prairie plant is deer and drought resistance with a pleasant fragrance. Enjoy this prairie plant’s blooms in the summer by planting in a well-sunned area.