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Where is Zone 5?

If you live in Zone 5, you should know it has a fairly short growing season, with a frost-free period lasting only from early June until early September. States within hardiness planting zone 5 include: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin. The best plants for zone 5 include: asters, astilbe, bee balm, cannas, coneflowers, crocus, daffodils, delphiniums, hibiscus, hostas, hyacinths, irises, lilies, peonies, phlox, salvia, sedum, tulips and yarrow.

Remember that your zone 5 garden may have deviations in the typical zone 5 garden such as micro-climates and that your location may be associated with unusual conditions for the region. Always remember that growing zone maps are not perfect and that elements like soil, moisture, humidity, heat, or other weather conditions at the time can influence how well your plants will grow in any particular US growing zone.

Use our growing zone finder to get more information about your exact hardiness zone.

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Spring-Planted Bulbs for Zone 5

Spring-planted bulbs that bloom during the summer can thrive in most hardiness zones. What's more, they produce some of the most vibrant colours of the year. Varieties include dahlias, lilies, gladiolus, caladium, cannas, and begonias. In cooler regions, try planting summer bulbs outdoors in pots before transferring them—once the soil is warm enough—to your garden bed or border. Most can go in the ground once the possibility of frost has passed.

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Sun Perennials for Zone 5

Sun perennials are revered for their versatility, attract pollinators to your landscape and produce countless, lovely blooms for years or even decades. No wonder these are some of the world's most popular flowers! Sun-loving perennials include roses, peonies, irises, daylilies, hibiscus, coneflowers and asters. These varieties perform best when receiving about 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Without it, the plants grow poorly, and their blooms, if any emerge, are drab and lifeless.

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