A List of Plants for your Home Landscape Needs

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, YouCanLearnSeries.com
Updated:
June 18, 2008

     This section is to give you information on the different plants you can grow in the midwest, Chicagoland area. You will find shade loving plants, flowers that require full sun and many plants in between. We provide growing season, photos from different seasons and other important information to help you make your flower gardens as beautiful as the most impressive home landscapes in America.

Some of these plants bloom early in the spring and others wait until mid summer to display their glorious petals of colors. Each plant is different and can provide the home gardener multiple choices to beautify their special place.


Allium The Allium or flowering onion is a bulb plant that grows from 1 foot to 5 foot varieties. Full Sun Blooms late spring
Aster The Aster comes in a variety of colors and will bloom in late summer when other plants are going to seed. Full Sun to Partial Sun Blooms late summer
Astilbe The astilbe is a plant with delicate, feathery flowers. The astilbe prefers shade, but will grow in sunshine. Shade Blooms June and July
Bearded Iris The Bearded Iris blooms in a wide variety of colors. It normally grows from rhizomes instead of bulbs. Full Sun to Full Shade Blooms Early Spring to Early Summer
Burning Bush Burning Bush has firey red leaves in Fall Shade or sun Handles any kind of soil keep roots dry.
Butterfly Bush The Butterfly Bush provides height, fragrance and color to a perennial border. Sun Blooms summer thru fall
Catmint The catmint adds lavendar blue color to hot, dry areas. Sun Blooms May through July
Clematis The clematis is a vine that can grow up to 15 feet and has star shaped flowers. Sun Blooms spring thru first frost
Columbine Columbine is a popular perennial with scalloped leaves and spurred flowers Sun or Shade Blooms spring / summer
Coral Bells Coral Bells are a showy leaved plant with purplish leaves, great for borders and in front of shrubs. Full Sun or Partial Shade Blooms late spring / early summer
Crabapple Flowering Crabapple flowers in spring time with white or pink Sun to Partial Sun Blooms April or May
Daisy Daisy displays white petals with large bright yellow centers Sun Blooms June through September
Emerald Gold Euonymous Emerald Gold Euonymous a real winner in landscape plants Sun or Shade Evergreen
Fallopia Variegated Fallopia Shade / Partial sun Dies back in Winter
Flowering Crabapple Flowering Crabapple flowers in spring time with white or pink Sun to Partial Sun Blooms April or May
Flowering Onion The Allium or flowering onion is a bulb plant that grows from 1 foot to 5 foot varieties. Full Sun Blooms late spring
Globe Blue Spruce Great short blue needles make this compact evergreen shrub a real eye pleaser. Full Sun Evergreen Plant Stays Green All 4 Seasons
Heuchera Heuchera are a showy leaved plant with purplish leaves, great for borders and in front of shrubs. Full Sun or Partial Shade Blooms late spring / early summer
Holly Hollies are partial sun plants that are evergreen and produce red berries. Partial Sun / Shade Red Berries in Late Summer
Hosta Hostas are terrifc shade plants with a large variety available Shade Blooms summer
Hydrangea Do you like huge blooms of flowers? You can plant the Hydrangea in your flower garden. Full Sun or Partial Sun Blooms summer
Jackman Potentilla The Jackman Potentilla is a perennial with bright yellow flowers throughout the summer. Sun to Partial shade Blooms summer
Jacob's Ladder Jacob's Ladder is a perennial with variegated green leaves with sky blue bell shaped flowers. Partial shade Blooms June - July
Silver Beacon Lamium Silver Beacon Lamium has silver heart shaped leaves edged in green, purple flowers. Partial shade Blooms June - September
Broadleaf Purple Coneflower Because of the height of the Broadleaf Purple Coneflower, use the plants in the back of the garden to add height and full summer blooms. If you have natural grasses and flowers in your garden, be sure and add these beauties. Full Sun Blooms Summer
Red Twig Dogwood The Red Twig Dogwood gets it's name from the bright red stems that show during the winter. Sun to Partial shade Blooms spring
Rhododendren The Rhododendren (actually is Rhododendron) is a spring flowering plant that comes in varieties of evergreen or deciduous. Prefers acidic soil or low pH. Sun to Partial shade Blooms spring
Rhododendron The Rhododendron is a spring flowering plant that comes in varieties of evergreen or deciduous. Prefers acidic soil or low pH. Sun to Partial shade Blooms spring
Rose of Sharon Rose of Sharon produces many beautiful blooms in late summer. Sun to Partial shade Blooms late summer through fall
Salvia Salvia withstands summer heat and dry conditions to bloom all summer. Sun Blooms June through September
Sedum Autumn Joy Sedum makes a great landscape plant in dry spots. Sun Blooms late summer through fall
Shasta Daisy Shasta Daisy displays white petals with large bright yellow centers Sun Blooms June through September
Spirea The Spirea comes in a variety of colors and sizes to give you a whole summer of joy. Sun or shade Blooms from Spring to Summer
Stonecrop Stonecrop makes a great landscape plant in dry spots. Sun Blooms late summer through fall with red to dark red flowers
Threadleaf Coreopsis Threadleaf Coreopsis produce blooms in early to late summer. It is also known as tickweed or tickseed. Sun Blooms early to late summer with yellow flowers. Likes dry conditions.
Winged Euonymus Winged Euonymus has bright red leaves in Fall Shade or sun Handles any kind of soil keep roots dry.
Yarrow Yarrow produces mounds of color from June through September Sun Recommend planting in dry areas of your garden
Yew Yew is a classic home landscaping plant Shade or sun evergreen
    I hope this site helps you in your quest to be a better gardener. Your home landscaping tasks will be easier when you know all the colors available. Hopefully you found the perfect landscape plants, shade loving plants and/or sun loving plants for your backyard flower garden.


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Allium or Flowering OnionAllium
Aster Fall FlowersAster
Astilbe flowersAstilbe
Bearded IrisBearded Iris
Burning Bush or Winged EuonymusBurning Bush
Butterfly BushButterfly Bush
CatmintCatmint
ClematisClematis
Columbine PlantsColumbine
Coral Bells perennialCoral Bells
Flowering Crabapple treeCrabapple
Daisy perennialDaisy
Emerald Gold EuonymousEmerald Gold Euonymous
Variegated FallopiaFallopia
Flowering Crabapple treeFlowering Crabapple
Allium or Flowering OnionFlowering Onion
HeucheraGlobe Blue Spruce
HeucheraHeuchera
HollyHolly
HostaHosta
HydrangeaHydrangea
Jacob's LadderJacob's Ladder
Jackman PotentillaJackman Potentilla
Silver Beacon Lamium, White Nancy Lamium Lamium - White Nancy, Silver Beacon
Broadleaf Purple ConeflowerPurple Coneflower
Red Twig DogwoodRed Twig Dogwood
RhododendrenRhododendren
RhododendronRhododendron
Rose of SharonRose of Sharon
Russian SageRussian Sage
Perennial SalviaSalvia
Autumn Joy SedumAutumn Joy Sedum
Shasta Daisy perennialShasta Daisy
Spirea shows multi colors through 3 seasonsSpirea
StonecropStonecrop
Threadleaf CoreopsisThreadleaf Coreopsis
Burning Bush or Winged EuonymusWinged Euonymus
Yarrow Produces mounds of summer color Yarrow
Yew, evergreen Yew

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