Perennials add color, come back year after year, require little care on your part, and can withstand the Midwestern climate.
Here is a list of some of the most beautiful perennials that will thrive in the Chicago area.
Blooming throughout the summer months, native Midwest Coneflowers (Echinacea Purpurea) varieties can grow from 16 inches to 4 feet tall. Strong winds and rain will not make certain types fall over. Colors are traditionally pink-purple and white, with new cultivars such as “Tomato Soup: which is red, yellow and other bright hues.
Orange, yellow, pink, or vermillion flowers, appearing in mid to late Summer, followed by thinner, ornamental seedpods. Very easy to grow, like weeds, but much prettier.Titled Milkweed, it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, especially Monarchs. Asclepias Tuberosa, (butterfly weed), has the word weed in it, but don’t let that lead you astray, this flower is a great perennial for harsher climates.
Blooming through the snow, this shade lover is evergreen and tough. Helleboros Orientalis, Lenten Rose, comes in shades of purple, red, near-black, white, green and pink. When planted near the walkway, you can enjoy their beauty in March. Grows to about a foot tall, at 18 inches across.
Growing 2 feet high and wide, Bluebells easily reseed themselves, so colonies can grow large over the years. They thrive in shade, or sunny spots, and when planted behind summer bloomers, they will hide the foliage that turns brown and fades by early June. Mertensia Virginica is a Spring flower, showing pink buds that blossom into pink-purple blooms.
Flourishes in full sun with little water, and begins to flower in June. Growing to approx. 6 inches high and 14 inches wide. Geranium x Cantabrigiense have scalloped leaves with pale-pink flowers. This variety is larger than other hardy geraniums. Perfect for borders, this flower has dense foliage and apple-scented spicy perfume. Turns to a dramatic burgundy in the Autumn.
Reaching 3 feet tall, and 2 feet wide, these no-maintenance beauties bloom in full sun. Rudbeckia Fulgida keep showing off their bright-gold color into August.
The seed heads offer food for birds during the winter. Some popular varieties include “Goldstrum” and “Indian Summer”.
Low growing plantbeds can gain height from Purple Allium, with its leafless stem, and unique pom-pom shape. Turkestan Onion and Lavendar Globe Lily grow very well in shady areas, next to Hostas. They are members of the onion family, (which include chives), and are easy to grow from hardy bulbs.
Used frequently as borders, hedges, or focal point in a garden, This species can reach heights of 6-8 feet tall and wide.
Tolerant to cold temperatures makes this an ideal perennial for the Midwest. Vase shape with cone shaped flowers that begin white in color, maturing to pink. H. Paniculata Hydrangeas are recommended for colder areas, making this an ideal option for the Midwest.
Produces green broccoli-like buds in midsummer, and maturing to large flower heads that start pink and age to deep rusty red in the Fall. Rich in Shape and texture, Sedums are easy to grow and do not require alot of water. A familiar plant to Midwest gardeners, the flower masses and light gray-green foliage are easily recognized. “Autumn Joy” variety is one of these, as well as “Purple Emperor”, “Vera Jameson” and “Meteor”.
This is a low-maintenance plant, as long as their is good drainage. Gardeners often use ornamental grasses and varieties of tall Sedums to coincide with Roses.
Perovskia Atriplicifolia blooms late Summer into Early Autumn with a lacy gray and amethyst, reaching heights of 3-5 feet tall.
Certain varieties can grow 2-4 feet tall, with “Fireworks” growing to 3 feet in height. Solidago Rugosa is often blamed for hay fever, when in fact, the culprit is Ragweed. They bloom at the same time.The colors arrive in September, lasting through October. A brilliant gold lends a dramatic touch to your garden in late season.
One of the best choices of this species is “October Skies”. Pinching in early Summer will prevent flopping. Autumn season looks better when blooms of this variety are planted next to little Bluestem grass and Goldenrod. Fragrant Aster Oblongifolius thrives in dry clay, or rocky soil, and is native to dry upland prairies. Call 630-717-0007, and see how Green T Services can spruce up your garden, any time of the year.
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