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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Best Plants to Grow in a Zone 5 Garden

When you would love to have a beautiful garden but nothing seems to grow for you that can be quite disappointing. On the other hand, when your thumb isn’t exactly green there is nothing that can make you feel better than finding  plants which you can’t kill even if you tried.  With this in mind let us go over some nearly indestructible, virtually brown-thumb proof, head-strong, tough and the best plants to grow in a garden.


This perennial once planted can live for years without you doing so much as look at it. The varieties to choose from run the gambit in size, shape and color but all are easy to keep going with only the occasional dividing (every 3-5 years). They self mulch, are resistant to insects and look beautiful in virtually any soil, any climate and can take both too much and too little water. What can be easier than that?


This wildflower-tuned-garden-staple is super wonderful in any flower bed. The amazing thing about it is the more flowers you pick to bring indoors, for daisy chains or to find your true love (He love me, he loves me not, sound familiar?)  The more it will keep blooming. It spreads by itself making more plants for you to give away to friends.

Colorado Blue Spruce.

If you want an outdoor Christmas tree this is the one to get. Sprung up with lights or left on its own this one need little from you to look amazing except the occasion trimming and even that it doesn’t strictly need. It merely would benefit from it to keep it looking its best. Makes wonderful nesting areas for robins too.

Black-Eyed- Susan (Rudbeckia).

A kin of the Daisy this flower requires nothing much but your praise of it. It self-sows, is hardy almost everywhere and can take drought as only a wildflowers can. Brilliant sunshine yellow blossoms will attract butterflies like mad and brighten up any garden


The king shrub of spring time, Rhodos, as they are affectionately called, do great in semi-shade but can be fine in full sun too. They like soil on the acidic side, so, if planted near evergreens which acidify the soil on their own by dropping needles, you needn’t do anything for them. The occasional pruning will encourage more flowers but even without that they do beautifully.


Once this fragrant and very useful herb is planted there is no getting rid of it even if you tried so you may want to try it in a pot instead of right into the garden. It is as voracious and dependable as a dandelion and makes a great tasting addition to sun-brewed tea. Butterflies and bees love it too.

Hardy Hibiscus.

Growing to a six-foot tall shrub within a season with huge dinner-plate sized blossoms Hibiscus can live quite happily in standing water. Self sows to the point you may eventually be sick of them but there are worse “illnesses”, aren’t there?


The ground cover to plant where nothing else will grow. From the poorest, dry, clay, wet soil to sunny or shady places this plant will prosper with no help nor hindrance from you. Spreads like a carpet and bursts into bloom every spring with white, pink or red star-shaped flowers.

Creeping Jenny.

Another ground cover which roots along the stems and spreads rather quickly, Jenny can actually sit in and around a pond or stream with no trouble. It has bright yellow flowers which look exceptionally nice cascading out of hanging baskets.


The bulb that deer won’t eat and we have to love if only for that reason. But there are other reasons to love daffodils. They come out in spring all by themselves  to cheer us up and brighten our winter-weary souls. They only need dividing every few years but can also be left on their own if you initially plant them far enough apart in compost  rich soil.

These are just a few of the easiest to grow and therefore the best plants to have in a garden. So what are you waiting for? Grab a shovel and these plants and go to town creating a lovely almost fool-proof landscape and the envy of the neighborhood.


  1. Helpful information as always. I've just nominated you for a blog award...hope you'll stop by my blog to pick it up!

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