Zone 5 Edible Perennials – Information On Cold Hardy Edible Perennials

zone 5 edibles
zone 5 edibles
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Zone 5 is a good place for annuals, but the growing season is a little short. If you’re looking for reliable produce every year, perennials are a good bet, since they’re already established and don’t have to get all of their growing done in one summer. Keep reading to learn more about edible perennials for zone 5.

What are Edible Perennials?

Edible perennials are simply those that require less work, come back in the garden each year and, of course, you can eat. This can include vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even flowering plants. By planting perennials that you can eat, you don’t have to replant them each year. Generally, they die back in winter, coming back once again in spring – or even summer, making your gardening endeavors much easier.

Edible Perennials for Zone 5 Gardens

Here is just a sampling of some edible perennials that will grow in zone 5:


Asparagus – It takes about three years to get established, but once asparagus is ready, it will produce reliably for decades. RhubarbRhubarb is extra tough and actually prefers colder climates. As long as you hold off on eating it for the first growing season to allow it to establish, it should come back again and again for years. Ramps – A cousin of onion, leek, and garlic, the ramp is a pungent vegetable that can be grown in zone 5.


Sorrel – One of the first things that’s ready to eat in the spring, sorrel has a biting acidic taste that’s just right when you’re craving something green. Chives – Another very early herb, chives have a strong, oniony taste that goes well in salads. Culinary Herbs – A lot of green herbs are usually hardy to zone 5. These include:


Berries - All of these plants are cold hardy edible perennials that are well worth the space in your garden:

Fruit Trees - A lot of fruit trees actually need a certain number of cold days in order to produce fruit. The following fruit trees can all be found in zone 5 hardy varieties:

Nut Trees - Walnuts and chestnuts both grow well in zone 5. VinesHardy kiwi is a long vine that produces little versions of the fruit you find in the store. It comes in some extremely cold hardy varieties. Another extra hardy fruiting vine, grapes can produce for years and years. Different varieties are better for different uses, so know what you’re after (wine, jam, eating) before you buy.


Pansypansies, along with their violet cousins, are hardy little flowers that you can eat. Many types come back each year. Daylilies – commonly planted perennial flowers, daylilies make tasty treats when battered and cooked.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.