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5 Best Plant Choices for Colder Climates

TN Nursery Offers Advice For Which Type Plants Do Best in Colder Climates

When you think of a garden, you might envision a sprawling space filled with fragrant flowers and colorful plants. However, you may need to adjust to a colder environment to create the perfect garden for your area.

In colder climates, selecting plants that can handle cold weather is crucial. Failure to buy plants from the correct zone will result in plant failure when temperatures drop below freezing.

Fortunately, some hardy plants can thrive in cold climates. These include:

Wild Geranium Is a Perennial That is cold Hardy


It is easy to see why wild geranium is a popular garden perennial flower. Its bright colors and beautiful blooms make it a welcome sight in any garden. The wild geranium also makes an attractive addition to your home or office as a potted plant. While it can be grown from seed form, purchasing a plant from a nursery or garden center is much easier.

This is native to Europe and Asia and grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. It will survive in colder climates if planted in a protected area with mulch or other protective measures to protect it from frost.

Wild geranium plants are low-growing shrubs that stand about 2 feet tall and spread up to 3 feet wide when mature. They have leaves that grow up to 8 inches long and 4 inches wide, depending on your chosen species.

The flowers may be red, pink, or white and are tubular with five petals at their base, forming a star shape when fully open. They have many stamens at their center, which give them their bright colors and make them as attractive as outdoor plants.

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Conefloweris a popular perennial that grows to about 4 feet tall. Its cone-shaped flowers range in color from yellow, orange, pink, and red.

Coneflower blooms from early summer through fall. It also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Coneflowers are herbaceous perennials that grow in clumps of slender stems with whorled leaves at the bottom of each stem. Its leaves can grow up to 4 inches long with three lobes at the base of each leaf petiole. The flower heads are on long peduncles that arise from the upper leaf axils or stem joints and have 5-8 rays (petals). Each ray has a large yellow disk at its base, which gives rise to 3 stamens at its tip in addition to 5 smaller greenish-yellow scales, called ligules or keel scales.

The seeds of Coneflower are produced in small pods called cypselas that are covered with fine hairs for wind dispersal; however, most seeds germinate after being eaten by birds.

Lily pads

Lily pads are perennial floating aquatic plants, often found in ponds and lakes. The leaves of lily pads are shaped like a lotus leaf, but they are not related to true lotus plants. They grow from a single bulbous rootstock at the bottom of the water body. The plant is anchored by roots extending into the pond, lake bottom mud, or silt.

The upper leaf surface is covered with tiny hairs that give it a velvety texture. The lower surface is smooth and slightly thicker than the upper surface. The underside of each leaf has two air chambers that help keep it afloat.

Lily pads have long stems (petioles) that attach them to the water surface and stem-like flower stalks (spadixes) that rise above the water surface and bloom into large clusters of small white flowers with six petals each.

Each flower has a yellow center called an ovary that produces seeds for reproduction. These seeds fall back into the water and are eaten by fish, who then distribute them throughout their bodies until they die and decompose — this process helps spread new lily pad seedlings across your pond or lake.

Witch Hazel

This is a shrub native to North America and Asia. It is best known for its medicinal properties, but it also makes an excellent addition to any garden. Witch hazel is a deciduous plant that grows up to 20 feet with an equal spread.

The leaves are coated in white hairs that make the plant look like it has been dusted with powder. Its blooms are bright yellow and appear in clusters of up to 20 at the end of spring.

Witch hazel is usually grown as an ornamental plant because of its appearance, but it can also be used as a windbreak tree if the location is appropriate. This plant prefers moist soil and partial shade but can adapt to most climates.

Witch hazel has many uses outside the beauty industry, including personal health and insect repellent. The plant also has environmental benefits because it grows quickly and can be used in landscaping projects.

Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisies are popular for gardeners because they bloom all summer and can tolerate heat, drought, and poor soil. They grow well in containers, too.

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) are hardy perennials that grow from 3 to 5 feet tall and have large, white flowers with yellow centers. Although this plant is considered a perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, it may need to be dug up annually in colder climates.

Shasta daisies can grow in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. These plants prefer moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate dry conditions. Shasta daisies do not mind being planted near other plants or shrubs since they do not spread out like some types of wildflowers do.


The plants presented will be well suited for a variety of climates. They offer a range of unique features and can survive in harsh conditions. The options above will help you know how to grow plants in colder climates.

Wild Geranium - TN Nursery

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium is a native perennial plant with deeply lobed, palmate leaves and delicate, pink to lavender flowers that resemble small crane's bills. It is often found in woodlands and meadows and offers several positive landscaping uses. Its natural beauty, adaptability, and ecological benefits make it a valuable addition to gardens and naturalistic landscapes. Wild geranium is proof that great things can come in small packages. Its flowers may only be about an inch, but their delightful display always wins smiles. Interestingly, this plant offers showy leaves and blooms. Characteristics Of Wild Geranium Formally known as the geranium maculatum, these woodland perennials produce hairy, unbranched stems that can stretch up to 24 inches in height. They are generally either green or reddish. The visually compelling leaves are vibrant green, toothed, and deeply palmately lobed. Most feature five lobes, but some have seven. These leaves measure between three and six inches in length and width. The leaves at the bottom are larger and have coarse hairs. Those at the top of the plant are more delicate and have finer hair. What Do the Flowers of Wild Geranium Look Like They bloom in late spring or early summer. Each upright stem produces a cluster of two to five blooms. The saucer-shaped flowers generally measure one inch in size but can reach up to three inches. They are composed of five petals. In addition, they have ten yellow stamens and five green sepals that encircle their pistils. What Color Blooms Does Wild Geranium Produce They are in shades of pink or lavender. However, whites, blues, reds, and burgundies are also possible. While the flowers may appear solid at first glance, a closer look will often reveal that darker lines run from the bloom's center to the edge of the petal. Many popular flowers have multiple names, and these gorgeous gems are no exception. Why are they called cranesbills? The explanation may seem hard to spot, but a look at their picturesque seed pods can be revealing. After Wild Geraniums bloom, they produce a charming fruit capsule. It has a long, central column, which imaginative people say resembles a crane's bill. Five basal cells with seeds form the rest of the crane's head. Colorful and full of cheer, wild geraniums are fantastic additions to any garden. They work well in mass plantings and borders and attract pollinators, butterflies, and songbirds.

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Coneflower Plant - TN Nursery

Coneflower Plant

The coneflower plant, or echinacea, is known for its distinctive daisy-like, purple flowers with a prominent cone-shaped center. These flowers attract pollinators and add color to gardens.  The Coneflower Plant Blooms Mid-Summer Coneflowers, which resemble daisies, typically bloom in the middle to end of summer. Certain types may begin blooming earlier or continue into the autumn. They are available in a rainbow of hues, from yellow to deep pink, and with both single and double blooms that are incredibly vibrant. Magnus Superior variants bloom from the end of spring until the end of summer with rosy-violet rays that can reach a diameter of seven inches. These plants respond exceptionally well to deadheading. They spread gracefully like wildflowers thanks to their abundant seed production and self-sowing capabilities. Their delicate branches and colorful flowers make them perfect for gardens, where they provide visual interest without drawing attention to themselves. This naturalizing effect makes the plant look better and works well to fill in gaps between flower beds. Add Uniqueness to Your Garden With It Because of their unusual shape and composition, cones are a great way to add variety to your landscape. Their unique cone shapes also make them eye-catching accents among other garden plants. They provide textural variety to a garden by growing erect, contrasting wonderfully with trailing or mounding plants. In expansion, they can adjust to a broad range of soil types and light levels, giving you more alternatives for planting them. Invite Pollinators to Your Yard With It Since Coneflower Plants produce both nectar and pollen, many pollinators rely on these flowers for sustenance. Each 250 to 500 blooms that make up its black, cone-shaped flower head serves as a little cup of nectar for the pollinators. Bees and hummingbirds are just a few of the pollinators that love it. This variant can grow up to three feet tall and typically blooms between the middle of summer and the beginning of September each year because they produce seeds and are a popular nectar source for birds. They are of the same genus as the daisy, which you could guess by looking at. They bear stunning purplish-pink petals and are naturally drought-tolerant. As a native plant, they provide professionals and gardening enthusiasts with a low-maintenance option for adding complexion to outdoor spaces. What Do They Look Like?  The Coneflower (also called Echinacea) may be well-known for its petals' deep to pastel purple tinge. However, a closer look will reveal one of the most intricate and alluring central disks of all flowering plants. This flower gets its name from this striking and unique central disk.  It has received this moniker thanks to the spiny central hub. The spines are spread out in an almost exact order of distance, giving the cone a symmetrical shape and order that is truly stunning when observed closely.  In full bloom, their petals may splay out parallel to the ground or stretch downward. This positioning puts the central cone on full display and accentuates its bulbous shape. The spines on the cone can adopt a rust, red, orange, or yellow pigmentation throughout the blooming season.  Of course, the petals are nothing to sneeze at. Being a daisy gendaisieshe, the petals are lance-shaped and can grow to about 1.5 inches long. The flower is mostly an intense purple, where it connects with the stem and washes out gradually towards the tip. In some lights, this creates a pastel effect that is perfect for pairing with other flowers without drawing too much attention.  The stem grows erect and can reach heights between 2 and 4 feet. This makes this plant a great contrast to creeping or bunching plants. The leaves are basal and arranged alternately. They are a deep, cool green reminiscent of forest floors.  What Should You Plant Coneflowers If their chromatic and structural traits aren't enough to entice you, check out some of the more practical benefits of adding this flower to your landscape:  Planting Options: They are very versatile when it comes to planting. Once established, they are highly adaptable and can live with varying degrees of light and soil types. So, no matter what soil you have or what kind of space you have to work with, you can still enjoy these flowers. They Attract Pollinators. Hummingbirds and bees love the pollen and nectar they produce. The cone can house 250-500 spines, which are filled with food for a wide variety of pollinators.  Easy to Maintain - While they will require regular watering after planting, they only need a little maintenance after they are established. They respond well to deadheading, which can also help control seeding if you want them to spread only a little. They can handle several types of soil as long as it is well-drained.  They're Drought Tolerant - Want to contribute to the palette of your garden without spending a fortune on water? The plant is drought-tolerant. Once the roots have been established, maintaining them takes very little water. They Come in a Variety of Colors-They come in a bouquet of colors, from the typical purplish-pink to yellow shades. This makes them a popular choice for gardeners who want their landscapes to explode with color while maintaining strong uniformity.  Frequently Asked  Are you ready to start planting them in your lawn or garden? The following answers to commonly asked questions may prepare you.  When Do They Bloom?  The blooming season for them is typically between mid-summer and later summer. Some variants can bloom into autumn.  Do They Like Sun or Shade?  Like most flowers in the daisy family, daisies love sunshine. Planting them in an area with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily would help.  Do They Come Back Every Year? They are perennials, which means they come back every year. This makes them a good choice if you want to add consistent color and variety to your outdoor spaces.  How Tall Are They?  They can stretch to 2-4 feet tall. The stem holds the flower clear above the basal leaves, allowing it to be the show's star, even on the shorter end.  How Do You Plant Them?  Start by digging a hole twice the width of the root ball's diameter. The root ball should be set to level with the soil line. To help retain moisture, add a small amount of compost and mulch to the plant site. After planting, they will need regular watering until the plant has established.  Will They Bloom Again If Deadheaded?  Coneflower respond well to deadheading. They will bloom again if you deadhead them. There are particular advantages to deadheading. Firstly, it will keep them from overtaking other plants in your garden (deadheading prevents seeding). Secondly, it may prolong the bloom time.  How Do You Deadhead A Coneflower It will help if you always deadhead (prune) yours with shears, as the stems can be very hardy and rugged to snap by hand. Deadhead after the flower has faded, cutting it down to a leaf close to new growth.  TN Nursery Provides Year-round Beauty for Your  Whether you want the whole gamut of colors or lush greenery to add to your garden, TN Nursery has you covered. We offer many ferns, flowers, plants, mosses, shrubs, perennials, vines, trees, and more. Your order is backed up by a full, year-long, 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our prime specimens make planting and maintaining easy and allow you to enjoy the fulfillment of gardening. Place an order now and beautify your outdoor spaces.

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