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Zone Gardening

In case you are not aware, growing zones are designated in the gardening hobby to help you determine which plants are appropriate for where you live. The zones are based on environmental factors, like heat and cold, plus moisture conditions.

Zone 5 is the upper midwest area, including northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, northern Indiana, and parts of Ohio. See our website for further details.

Now let’s talk about three plants that are ideal for containers in Zone 5…

Vincas are a pretty flower that love full sun and are really easy to grow. Just add water when they start to droop a little. Our aunt who lived in Chicago couldn’t grow anything in the container outside her front door. We introduced her to vincas and soon thereafter she had everyone on her block asking about her new pretty flowers! So if you’re lacking in gardening confidence, try vincas.

Lantana is another plant that is very colorful and easy to grow. As an added bonus, they are tolerant of drought so this too is another good choice for beginners. They are also known to attract butterflies!

Another great choice for containers in Zone 5 are petunias. A very popular flower, petunias will give you a nice cascading effect as they mature during the season.