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Planting In Zone 5: Gardening Tips For Zone 5

Hardiness zones [1] are general guidelines of the temperatures a plant can survive. Zone 5 plants can survive winter temperatures no lower than -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-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 on 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

  • October Glory or Autumn Blaze Maple, zones 3-8
  • Pin Oak [41], zones 4-8
  • Skyline Honey locust, zones 3-9
  • Cleveland Select pear, zones 5-8
  • Ginkgo [42], zones 3-9

Deciduous Ornamental Trees

  • Royal Rain Drops Crabapple, zones 4-8
  • Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac tree, zones 3-7
  • Redbud [43], zones 4-9
  • Saucer Magnolia [44], zones 4-9
  • Newport Plum, zones 4-10

Evergreen Trees

Deciduous Shrubs

Evergreen Shrubs

  • Boxwood [55], zones 4-9
  • Juniper [56], zones 3-9
  • Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae, zones 3-8
  • Yew [57], zones 4-7
  • Golden Mops, zone 5-7

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: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/planting-zones/usda-planting-zone-map.htm

[2] Creeping phlox: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/creeping-phlox/creeping-phlox-planting.htm

[3] dianthus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/dianthus/growing-dianthus-plants.htm

[4] creeping thyme: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/thyme/growing-creeping-thyme.htm

[5] stonecrop: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/stonecrop/stonecrop-plant.htm

[6] violets: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/violet/wild-violets-care.htm

[7] Echinacea: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/coneflower/growing-purple-coneflowers.htm

[8] Bee balm: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bee-balm/bee-balm-care.htm

[9] Phlox: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/phlox/growing-garden-phlox.htm

[10] Daylily: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/daylily/growing-daylilies.htm

[11] Delphinium: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/delphinium/growing-delphinium-plants.htm

[12] Rudbeckia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/black-eyed-susan/black-eyed-susan-flower.htm

[13] Filipendula: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/dropwort/how-to-grow-dropworts.htm

[14] Sedum: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/sedum/sedums-plants.htm

[15] Lilies: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/lily/how-to-grow-lilies.htm

[16] Lavender: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/lavender/lavender-in-the-garden-information-and-growing-lavender-tips.htm

[17] Gaillardia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/blanket-flower/growing-blanket-flowers.htm

[18] Poppy: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/poppy/growing-poppy-flowers.htm

[19] Salvia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/salvia/growing-different-salvia-types.htm

[20] Penstemon: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/penstemon/penstemon-beard-tongue.htm

[21] Russian sage: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/russian-sage-flowers/russian-sage-care.htm

[22] Hollyhock: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hollyhock/tips-on-hollyhocks-growing-hollyhocks-successfully.htm

[23] Peony: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/peony/peony-care.htm

[24] Butterfly weed: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/milkweed/growing-butterfly-weed.htm

[25] ajuga: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/ajuga/ajuga-bugleweed.htm

[26] lamium: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/deadnettle/growing-spotted-deadnettle.htm

[27] lungwort: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lungwort/growing-lungwort-flower.htm

[28] vinca/periwinkle: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/periwinkle/growing-periwinkle.htm

[29] Hosta: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/hosta/growing-hosta-plants.htm

[30] Coral bells: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/coral-bells/coral-bells-plant.htm

[31] Ligularia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ligularia/ligularia-ragwort-flower.htm

[32] Ferns: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/ferns/taking-care-of-outdoor-ferns.htm

[33] Bleeding heart: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bleeding-heart/bleeding-heart-care.htm

[34] Jacob’s ladder: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/jacobs-ladder/growing-jacobs-ladder-plant.htm

[35] Hellebore: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/hellebore/growing-hellebores.htm

[36] Foxglove: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/foxglove/foxglove-flowers.htm

[37] Monkshood: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/monkshood/growing-monkshood-plants.htm

[38] Spiderwort: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/spiderwort/growing-spiderworts.htm

[39] Astilbe: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/astilbe/growing-astilbe-plants.htm

[40] Balloon flower: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/balloon-flower/growing-balloon-flowers.htm

[41] Pin Oak: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/oak/planting-pin-oak-trees.htm

[42] Ginkgo: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/ginkgo/ginkgo-tree-care.htm

[43] Redbud: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/redbud/caring-for-redbud-trees.htm

[44] Saucer Magnolia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/magnolia/saucer-magnolia-trees.htm

[45] Arborvitae: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/arborvitae/growing-arborvitae-trees.htm

[46] Colorado Blue Spruce: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/colorado-blue-spruce/care-for-colorado-spruce.htm

[47] Douglas: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/fir/douglas-fir-tree-care.htm

[48] Hemlock: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/hemlock/growing-hemlock-trees.htm

[49] White Pine: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/pine/white-pine-tree-information.htm

[50] Dappled Willow: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/willow/dappled-japanese-willow.htm

[51] Red-twig Dogwood: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/dogwood/red-twig-dogwood-care.htm

[52] Forsythia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/forsythia/forsythia-shrub-care.htm

[53] Knockout Rose: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/knockout-roses/care-knockout-roses.htm

[54] Weigela: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/weigela/growing-weigela.htm

[55] Boxwood: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/boxwood/boxwood-care.htm

[56] Juniper: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/juniper/care-of-junipers.htm

[57] Yew: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/yew/growing-yew-shrubs.htm

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