Summer is the perfect time in the FOX VALLEY to add instant curb appeal to your home with a lovely garden. The changing seasons in Illinois can pose a challenge when deciding what plants to choose for your landscaping. Look to plants that naturally grow in the region. These resilient botanicals will add beauty and interest to your yard for years to come. Here are the top native plants for Midwestern gardens!
PALE PURPLE CONEFLOWER
Name: Echinacea pallida
Where to plant: Place this coneflower in the full sun with well-drained soil.
Appearance: In mid-summer, this plant will bloom with pink flowers surrounding a dark red cone in the middle.
Other Helpful Information: The pale purple coneflower will spread throughout your garden as it self-seeds.
Name: Callirhoe involucrata
Where to plant: The poppy mallow is perfect for border areas in the full sun.
Appearance: Throughout the summer months, enjoy wine-red flowers on this groundcover plant.
Other Helpful Information: This plant is very resilient as it can thrive in dry soil and resists pests.
Name: Aquilegia canadensis
Where to plant: This plant can grow in the sun or shade.
Appearance: Enjoy delicate red and yellow flowers.
Other Helpful Information: The columbine will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden!
Name: Asclepias incarnata
Where to plant: The swamp milkweed can grow in moist or average soil but needs to be placed in plenty of sunlight.
Appearance: Clusters of pink flowers will appear in mid-summer on the 5 foot tall stems.
Other Helpful Information: Monarch butterflies love this beautiful plant.
Name: Silphium laciniatum
Where to plant: This plant needs full sun.
Appearance: A giant of a plant, this flower grows up to 9 feet tall. It blooms with bright yellow, sunflower-like petals.
Other Helpful Information: The compass plant is so called because it aligns itself from north to south in order to conserve water!
Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Where to plant: This drought resistant prairie plant needs direct sunlight to grow.
Appearance: During the summer, the plant blossoms with bright orange petals.
Other Helpful Information: As its name suggests, butterflies love this plant.
Name: Anemone canadensis
Where to plant: This perfect border plant needs organic-rich, moist soil.
Appearance: Large white flowers will appear in your garden in the summer.
Other Helpful Information: The wild anemone is perfect for filling up large spaces within your garden as it rapidly spreads on its own.
Name: Tradescantia sp
Where to plant: This versatile plant can grow in sun or shade but requires moist soil.
Appearance: This beauty will blossom in a variety of colors, depending on the strain of the plant, every spring with three-petaled flowers.
Other Helpful Information: The spiderwort is a perennial.
Name: Solidago sp
Where to plant: Place the goldenrod in full sun and well-drained soil.
Appearance: Your garden will continue to look lovely into the autumn months when the golden-yellow flowers appear.
Name: Sanguinaria canadensis
Where to plant: This groundcover can grow in the shade.
Appearance: Daisy shaped flowers will cover the lower part of your garden with this delicate plant.
Other Helpful Information: The bloodroot will go dormant during the summer so make sure to plant it near summer blossoming plants to avoid blank spaces in your garden.
Name: Arisaema triphyllum
Where to plant: This plant is perfect for shady areas of your garden.
Appearance: Produces hooded green petals with red lines throughout the summer months and, in fall, red berries often appear.
Name: Veronicastrum virginicum
Where to plant: This plant can thrive whether in sun or part shade but needs plenty of water.
Appearance: Culver’s Root grows up to 6 feet tall and produces white flowers.
Other Helpful Information: This plant is a magnet for butterflies to your garden.
Name: Salvia pitcheri
Where to plant: This plant needs full sun.
Appearance: Your garden will look beautiful with lovely sky blue flowers that blossom in early fall.
Other Helpful Information: Blue sage is a perennial.
Name: Penstemon digitalis
Where to plant: Make sure to keep the soil around the penstemon moist.
Appearance: During the summer, white flowers will appear amongst the burgundy hued foliage of this plant.
Other Helpful Information: You can rely on this plant to return yearly.
Name: Schizachyrium scoparium
Where to plant: This grass needs plenty of sun.
Appearance: A great plant throughout the year, the little bluestem adds color to your garden every season. During the fall and winter, the stems are a purple-bronze hue. As it starts to warm up outside, the foliage turns blue-green.
Resource: Better Homes & Gardens 2016