Whether you have a green thumb or you struggle to tell
an orchid from an azalea, these plants are staples for
Wisconsin gardeners as the ground starts to thaw and
spring comes into bloom.
The look: Leafy and green, hostas are ubiquitous in the Midwest.
Maintenance: These perennials require little attention and thrive
in full shade or partial sun. Plant them near the east or north sides of
your home, wooded areas or shady spots in your yard.
Expert insight: “The large leaves give nice texture to any garden
spot,” says Evan Kasper, landscape designer and sales representative at
La Rosa Landscape Company Inc.
The look: Thin, dense grass that grows in graceful arches.
Maintenance: This ornamental grass is native to the region and
tolerates a wide range of soils. It can also withstand drought
conditions (or that week when you forget to water the plants).
Expert insight: “The blooms have a unique popcorn
fragrance,” says Jeff Hershberger, professional landscape architect at
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
The look: Brilliant floral blooms in shades of orange, yellow and
Maintenance: Varieties such as Happy Returns and Stella De Oro
are repeat bloomers that require full to partial sun.
Expert insight: “Daylilies are nice to use at entry points for a
splash of color,” Kasper notes.
The look: Flowering shrubs in a variety of colors.
Maintenance: Paniculata hydrangeas come in numerous shapes, sizes
and colors. Depending on the variety, hydrangeas require partial shade
to full sun.
Expert insight: “Incrediball hydrangeas are exceptionally sturdy,
and the Invincibelle Spirit variety is a pink blooming hydrangea with an
extended blooming season from mid-summer to frost,” Hershberger says.
Green Gem Boxwood
The look: Round, dense green foliage.
Maintenance: This hardy broadleaf evergreen stays green with a
bronze hue throughout winter and performs well in partial shade to full
sun. At first, Green Gem boxwoods require regular watering.
Expert insight: “These are ideal for formal gardens or foundation
plants, but keep them protected from winter winds,” Kasper says.
The look: Colorful in red, orange or black to provide a pop of
color in your garden.
Maintenance: This shrub can survive in sun or shade and has a
high tolerance for drought.
Expert insight: “Deer resistance makes Diervilla an easy choice
for gardens in our area,” Hershberger says.