Best Landscape Plants For The Upper Midwest Region

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Landscape plants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan are plentiful. Choosing the best shrubs, trees, and perennials can be overwhelming. Here are some of the best options for upper Midwest gardens based on attractiveness, ease of maintenance and appropriateness for the climate. Trees Among the most foundational Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota plants for landscaping are trees. Start with a few strategically placed trees and build your garden around them. River Birch This smaller accent tree provides visual interest year-round with its flaky white bark. River birch tolerates wet soil that doesn’t drain well. Northern Catalpa This is a great urban tree that tolerates many types of soil. Catalpa produces large green leaves, fragrant white flowers, and long seed pods. Serviceberry Another good flowering tree for Midwest states, serviceberry is small, produces edible berries, and has good fall color. Hackberry This shade tree is underutilized in the home garden. Hackberry […]

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