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If you reside in an area where the temperature ranges between -20 °F to -10 °F in winters, you are in Zone 5. There are a variety of habitats represented in these gardens. The species of plants must not only be weather resilient but also complement the growing habitat, from coastal waterways and woodlands to the enormous grasslands of the Midwest. 

Gardens have longer growing seasons, which means more vegetables are harvested, and landscape blossoms last longer. There are two regions of this zone. Both have a slight temperature difference, but the vegetation doesn't vary much. And, if you are looking for the plants of your region, this is where you will find the answers. 

Here are the plants you need to know to grow in your gardens. They're tough, tenacious, and simple to grow. Let's get straight to the point. 

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Arrowwood Viburnum 

It begins with dark green leaflets in the spring, followed by dazzling white flower bunches. The arrival of summer heralds the appearance of little deep blue-black berries. Despite being edible, the fruits have little flesh. And a big seed that has little flavor or utility is primarily used for decoration.

Black Cohosh

You must grow black cohosh in home gardens to view white-flowered beauty throughout the year. They appeal to the eye and have been medically approved to supply you with numerous advantages. So, go ahead and purchase this plant to add aesthetic appeal to your landscape.

Black Oak Seedlings

They are modest growers, only reaching a height of about 18 inches each year. Acidic, well-drained soils are the optimal conditions. They have the richest foliage in April. However, the foliage remains consistent throughout the year until they lose their leaflets in the autumn and winter. The cover can grow fairly vast in size.

Broom Sedge

Broomsedge, sometimes referred to as poverty grass, is a two-season plant with a long list of names, such as yellow sedge bluestem, bluestem, as well as whiskey grass. It is a member of Poaceae, also known as the family of grasses. It is typically used as an ornamental plant.

Button Bush Live Stakes

The buttonwillow is a lovely deciduous shrub that reaches a mature height of 5 to 12 feet and 4 to 8 feet in width. This plant is known for its beautiful, fragrant blossoms that resemble golf buttons. They feature a multi-stemmed base and a robust root system. Stumps are frequently twisted and come in a variety of colors. They are greenish and silky, with lenticels on young branches.

Coral Red Dogwood

Numerous people enjoy combining a winter garden featuring many coral red dogwood bushes. The striking contrast between a grey and white backdrop and the vibrant red limbs resembles a winter Cardinal. It has dark green foliage with white blossoms in the summer.


They are both attractive and medicinal. As a result, the plant is extremely beloved. Small insects and beetles find refuge in the plant. The leaf may fade in the summer due to the heat, yet it never shrinks. It unusually disperses its seeds. Every seed is within a pod, attached to a crane bill-like structure. 

Great Blue Lobelia

These flowers are used to express feelings of love or friendship. In some cultures, they are also connected with love, while great fortune and prosperity are related to others. It's a brief perennial that looks like it would be a nice addition to your summertime garden. 

Partridgeberry Plant

The name "Partridgeberry" is derived from the fact that partridges enjoy eating berries. It spreads slowly but steadily, eventually forming a thick coat of partridgeberry land cover. It also has a wide range of interesting leaves, flowers, and fruits. For some gardeners, it's essential in the winter. Its dark-green leaves and scarlet berries are a wonderful sight on cold winter days.

Pin Oak Tree

The term "pin oak" comes from the tiny, tough branchlets that sprout alongside the tree's twigs and stems. The tree grows a coarser bark and a flexible expanding canopy as it approaches 40 years old. Drought resistance is a feature of these trees. It has a considerable level of wet-condition endurance. It is also free of the diseases that plague most trees.

Red Hibiscus

The Red Hibiscus is well-known for its large, intriguing red rose-like blossoms. The Hibiscus tree is famous for its stunning and colorful flowers, which come in various colors, including red, tangerine, pink, yellowish, and purple. Its wedge leaves have a velvety underside and can develop up to 8 inches long.

River Oats

River Oats are easily identified by their distinctive, dangling seed heads, which emerge late summer and drape on delicately arching stalks, flapping in the lightest breezes. This species has a strong affinity for riverbeds banks, which may assist in strengthening the banks. It also develops lovely seed heads that resemble oats.

Sweet Gum Tree

The bark is grayish-brown and irregularly furrowed, with rounded ridges and valleys. This tree produces lovely glossy green blossoms with a hint of yellow and scarlet in the springtime. The tree can produce a beautiful spherical fruiting cap known as the gumball throughout time.


Wintercreeper is a vast genus of wooden plant species found primarily in eastern Asia and Europe. This is an evergreen shrub with large leaves that can be used as a vine or growing ground cover. The typical green variety creates a vivid, traditional landscape that will impress the eyes.

All the plants are easy to manage and thrive in different weather conditions. Pruning such species is quite simple if they need it. Plants for growing zone 5 are plentiful at TN Nursery. We are your go-to plant provider for your landscapes and yards. Beginner plant bundles are also available for those who are new to gardening. There are also new arrivals and sale plants. Please contact us for more information and request the plants you prefer.


The USDA Hardiness Zone 5 can have some extreme temperature ranges, so it is essential to plant the right trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and flowers for this zone. Temperatures in area 5 can get as low as 20 degrees below zero and as hot as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, not to mention wind and snowstorms. 


Maple Trees


 Native to eastern North American, maple trees grow very well in hardiness zone 5. There are several types of maple trees including, the silver maple, red maple, Norway maple, sugar maple, and other styles. They are a fast-growing tree, so you won’t have to wait too many years for a pretty shade tree in your yard.


 They can grow to a height of 70’ and taller, with a width at maturity of 30’ to 50’. Maple trees are well-known for their beautiful fall colors of red, gold, and orange leaves. They like regular watering but can tolerate occasional drought conditions.


Red Oaks


 Red oaks are a fast-growing tree, growing about one to two feet per year for the first ten years. Homeowners will love that the red oak is a great looking tree, provides excellent shade, and can adapt to various soil conditions. Red oaks are great for a front yard or backyard.


 During the summer, red oaks have bright green leaves. Their leaves turn a bright, vivid red during the fall, making for a beautiful fall display of color. The Red Oak is a hardy tree that can live for several hundred years and survive the weather conditions of zone 5.


River Birch


 Recently named the Urban Tree of the Year by the Society of Municipal Arborists, the River Birch is a pretty tree for any yard. It is a fast-growing tree that will grow between 13” to 24” per year, growing to a height of 40 – 70 feet at maturity. As it matures, it will become a moderate shade tree and an excellent addition to any yard.


 It has glossy green leaves during the summer that turn to a pretty yellow during the fall. A River Birch can withstand various soil conditions including, clay and drought conditions. Another reason to love the River Birch is that it is resistant to the birch borer.


Tulip Poplar Tree


 The Tulip Poplar Tree or Tulip tree is so named because of its pretty flowers that resemble tulips. Members of the Magnolia family, the heights of the Tulip Poplar Tree, are yellow and green with a hint of red that appears in late spring. The green leaves turn a golden-yellow color during the fall and make an excellent fall display in any yard.


 Considered a fast-growing tree, the tulip poplar will grow to a height of 70 feet to 90 feet and even taller, making it a perfect shade tree. They have a sturdy trunk that helps them withstand storms. It is usually free of disease and insects. The Tulip Poplar Tree likes well-drained, acidic, moist soils.


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