Perenialls that will survive the winter?

blakeas(6 OH)June 23, 2014

Moved to Cleveland, Oh about a year and a half ago and wanted to know which perenialls will survive the winter up here? We came from Georgia and lantana did so well down there and came back every year - However, I don't think lantana could survive up here. suggestions?

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Hi blakeas, No, Lantana will not survive Ohio winters. I am a recent transplant to the Midwest myself and understand your dilemma. May I suggest you try some Ohio native plants. Believe me you won't regret it. Here is a list for Ohio, while not complete, it is a start. It includes, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.

Whatever you do, be sure to plant at least one milkweed for the Monarchs and other butterflies. There is only one milkweed on this list, Asclepias tuberosa or butterflyweed (not Butterfly Bush), but I am sure there are more that will do fine there.

Happy Gardening!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 5:05AM
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HoosierBob SW Indiana Zone 5


Here in south/central Indiana, we grow a lot of daylilies. Ohio is considered the northern headquarters for state-of-the-art modern hybrids. You might check out the Plant Exchange forum if you have some things to trade, or try, especially early in the spring. The nearest major daylily grower near you would probably be Curt Hanson, in Gates Mills, Ohio 44040. Daylilies are at peak bloom right now, so it would be a great time for a visit. Modern daylilies come in many colors, heights, and shapes, and most rebloom if they are watered during the summer. I would not advise a trip to your local nursery for daylilies. These are often common, older varieties, and don't rebloom well unless you want the variety Stella De Oro, which is badly overplanted.

Many daylily growers also grow hostas. The daylilies go in the sun and the hostas grow in the shade and there are lots of leaf shapes and colors available, too. Iris would be another possibility for reliable bloom, earlier than daylilies. Peonies are good in the north, also. None of these plants take special care and all are winter hardy. Good luck! Bob

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 10:24PM
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I did take a Lantana inside last year before the first frost and kept in a pot until the following year (this year) and then put it outside when it warmed up!! Maybe this is a idea to save a start for you.

Here is a link that might be useful: Complete list of anuals that will survive in the Midwest

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 12:35AM
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