Happy Mother’s Day! Stuck on what to give mom this year? Give her a long-lasting, low-maintenance gift by planting some of these Midwest-native perennials in her garden.
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.
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.
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.
This cheerful plant boasts bright yellow blooms, hence its name. These thrive during the fall season in fully sunned areas with well-drained soil.
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 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 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.
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