Planning Your Landscape: 4 Flowers That Will Withstand The Effects Of Harsh Winters

Posted on: 11 November 2015

If you want to try to maintain a beautiful yard year-round without always having to replant each spring after the winter crushes your landscape because of the harsh climate that you live in, then you need to think carefully about the flowers that you include in your residential landscaping design. Here are a few cold-hardy perennials that will be able to withstand whatever Old Man Winter wants to throw at them:

1. Sedum

Whether you're looking for a tall border plant or a creeper, sedum is a plant that you must consider. According to Better Homes and Gardens (BHG), they are rough and tough, able to survive both cruel winters and summers. They're even great for areas that don't get a significant amount of rainfall. BHG also states that sedum looks excellent planted with fountaingrass, black-eyed Susans, and Russian sage. These plants are best used for zones three through 10.

2. Peonies

Long-lasting and low-maintenance, peonies are some of the most beautiful flowers with their bright-colored blooms. Not only do they look great, but they're able to fight against some of the coldest winter weather conditions and still be able to pop back up in spring and look fantastic. The Farmer's Alamanac says that peonies need "chilling" in order to form their beds, which may be why they're so strong in colder climates. They're perfect for zones three through nine. They look great when planted with flax and Shasta babies, according to BHG.

3. Coneflowers

Native to North America, coneflowers develop heads that are similar to that of a daisy. Like sedum plants, coneflowers are drought-resistant. These flowers are ideal for zones three through eight. Like sedum plants, BHG says that the coneflower is drought-resistant. In the yard, coneflowers pair well with Russian sage, Globe thistle and Lamb's ear.

4. Coral Bells

Scientifically known as Heuchera, coral bell is a beautifully eclectic plant that will provide some much-needed energy to any garden. They're excellent ground cover plants, attract birds and are low maintenance overall. They are ideal for zones three through nine, although specifically  in zones eight and nine, the soil may need additional insulation to help prevent soil heaving. BHG says that they work well when planted with Lungwort, Japanese painted fern and Astilbe.

If you have a specific flower or plant in mind and aren't sure whether or not it is resilient enough for your particular zoned climate, consult with a professional residential landscaper. A professional landscaper has the knowledge and expertise to help you locate the best plants for your yard and even help design the overall landscape.

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