Plants for the Midwest

Every state has varying climates, which makes it unrealistic to say that a particular plant will do well across the region. Here are three champion plants for the midwest region.

| April 2005

Every state has varying climates, which makes it unrealistic to say that a particular plant will do well across the region. For instance, in Kansas, on any given spring day, there could be a blizzard in the west that has shut down the interstate, and at the same time, it could be sunny and 70 degrees in the east.

Weather conditions in all of Middle America can swing to the extreme, which makes it difficult to grow some landscape plants. That is why I find the following lists of plant selections interesting.

We see the new winners for All-America Selections promoting the flower and vegetable selections that have risen to the top, as well as the new winners for various rose awards, but the list that has caught my eye the past couple of years, since its inception, is the Pride of Kansas Plant of the Year Selections.

The Pride of Kansas program is a joint effort of Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association. The program was started to make plant selections easier for gardeners in Kansas.

The yearly plant selections include a perennial, shrub, tree and annual of the year. The plants, in their respective categories, were selected for their ability to thrive wherever they are located in the diverse climates of Kansas.

Now, if you're saying what does this have to do with my landscape plants in Iowa, Oklahoma or any other state, let me say that if it will thrive in the climates of Kansas, it will most likely do well in your garden, too.

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