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Some Perfect Plants for Zone 4
Ahuja, commonly known as Bugleweed, is a unique ground cover that does well in Zone 4. It can be planted in part sun to full sun, although it thrives in shady areas that are a bit damp. It has dark green to light green foliage that may even have a bit of a red tinge. It sends up a stalk of flowers in the spring that are striking in appearance.
Appalachian Sedge is a lush clumpy grass that grows best in dry soil in the shade. It grows to about a foot tall and drought tolerant.
Broome sedge grows best in moist soil and grows to three feet. It does best in the shade and part shade. It is deer resistant, so it makes an excellent landscape plant for areas with large deer populations. Its color is golden yellow in the spring, light to medium green in summer, tan with red undertones in the fall.
Seeing the green of Daffodils poking up through the soil is often the first sign of spring for those who live in Zone 4. Plant the bulbs in the fall, and each year they will come. The bulbs multiply underground, giving you a thicker patch of these sunshine yellow spring blooms year after year.
The Forsythia shrub is a yellow blooming plant the heralds the coming of warmer weather. It flowers in late winter to early spring with small bright yellow flowers on long branches. Forsythia grows well in shade or sun, although more blooms are typically produced in the sun. In the summer, the bush is covered in pretty green foliage.
Lobelia is a purple perennial that is a long bloomer that often lasts until the first frost. Lobelia grows in full to partial shade and rich, dark, and moist soil. This pretty plant is commonly known as a blue cardinal flower and tends to be deer resistant.
Hummingbird plant or trumpet vine lives up to its name as an attractor for hummingbirds. It does well in sun, part sun and shade. It's sweet, nectar-filled flowers range from yellow to bright orange and have a tubular shape with a trumpet-like a flare. The plant blooms from summer to fall. The vines will need pruning, especially in a confined area.
The Maple Leaf Viburnum is a decorative shrub that can grow to ten feet, but people keep them trimmed to four to six feet in landscapes. It has thick dark green foliage and clusters of white flowers in the summer. In the fall, the leaves turn a purplish color, and dark berries are formed.
Oakleaf Hydrangea is a flowering bush with dark-green oak-shaped leaves, and white flower clusters are shaped more like pyramids than the balls of other hydrangeas. This striking plant is excellent as a perennial foundation plant.
Phlox is a beautifully striking plant that blooms in spring. The creeping variety is a beautiful ground cover that works great in rock gardens and borders. It is easy to care for and doesn't require trimming or pinching.