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Planting In Zone 5: Gardening Tips For Zone 5

Hardiness zones [1] are the USDA’s general guidelines of the temperatures a plant can survive. Zone 5 plants can survive winter temperatures no lower than -20 degrees F (-28 C). If a plant is hardy in zones 5-8, it can be grown in zones 5, 6, 7 and 8. It would probably not survive the cold winter temperatures in zone 4 or lower. It also could probably not survive the hot, dry summers and inadequate time for dormancy in zone 9 or higher. Continue reading to learn about the best plants zone 5 gardens.

About Zone 5 Gardens

The average date of the last frost in zone 5 is around April 15. Most zone 5 gardeners tend to hold off until early to mid-may before planting vegetable gardens and annual beds. Most annuals and vegetables do very well in zone 5, as long as they are not hit by a late frost while they are young. Many tough zone 5 or above perennials can withstand a late frost, or will still be dormant in early spring.

Best Plants for Zone 5

A large variety of perennials grow wonderfully in zone 5 gardens.

Creeping phlox [2], dianthus [3], creeping thyme [4], stonecrop [5] and violets [6] are excellent ground covers for sunny zone 5 gardens. For all season long color, interplant zone 5 hardy perennials like:

For a shady zone 5 garden, try ajuga [25], lamium [26], lungwort [27], vinca/periwinkle [28] or mukdenia as a ground cover or border. Interplantings here could include:

A zone 5 gardener has many excellent perennials to choose from; too many to list them all. While I’ve already mentioned many zone 5 perennial options, I’ve also comprised lists of my top 5 picks of trees and shrubs for zone 5 gardens.

Deciduous Shade Trees

Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Evergreen Trees

Deciduous Shrubs

Evergreen Shrubs

These are not all inclusive lists. Zone 5 gardeners will find many beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials at local garden centers that grow very reliably in their zone.

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[1] Hardiness zones:

[2] Creeping phlox:

[3] dianthus:

[4] creeping thyme:

[5] stonecrop:

[6] violets:

[7] Echinacea:

[8] Bee balm:

[9] Phlox:

[10] Daylily:

[11] Delphinium:

[12] Rudbeckia:

[13] Filipendula:

[14] Sedum:

[15] Lilies:

[16] Lavender:

[17] Gaillardia:

[18] Poppy:

[19] Salvia:

[20] Penstemon:

[21] Russian sage:

[22] Hollyhock:

[23] Peony:

[24] Butterfly weed:

[25] ajuga:

[26] lamium:

[27] lungwort:

[28] vinca/periwinkle:

[29] Hosta:

[30] Coral bells:

[31] Ligularia:

[32] Ferns:

[33] Bleeding heart:

[34] Jacob’s ladder:

[35] Hellebore:

[36] Foxglove:

[37] Monkshood:

[38] Spiderwort:

[39] Astilbe:

[40] Balloon flower:

[41] October Glory:

[42] Autumn Blaze Maple:

[43] Pin Oak:

[44] Skyline Honey locust:

[45] Cleveland Select pear:

[46] Ginkgo:

[47] Royal Rain Drops Crabapple:

[48] Redbud:

[49] Saucer Magnolia:

[50] Newport Plum:

[51] Arborvitae:

[52] Colorado Blue Spruce:

[53] Douglas:

[54] Hemlock:

[55] White Pine:

[56] Dappled Willow:

[57] Red-twig Dogwood:

[58] Forsythia:

[59] Easy Elegance:

[60] Knockout Rose:

[61] Weigela:

[62] Boxwood:

[63] Juniper:

[64] Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae:

[65] Yew:

[66] Golden Mops:

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