Northern & Central Midwest
Favorite or New Plant
Rugosa Rose 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup'
Trouble-free rugosa roses are one of the easiest landscape roses to grow in the Midwest. One of the best is 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup', a 3-4 foot tall, rounded, repeat-blooming shrub with very fragrant flowers. The blossoms are delicate pink accented with yellow stamens and are followed by huge, showy red hips. The summer foliage is a deep, shiny green, turning to bright orange-red in fall. Add its three seasons of interest to its disease resistance and winter hardiness and you have a great addition to the garden.
Illinois Best Plants
Check out the Chicago Botanic Garden's Illinois Best Plants database for good information on hardy plants that, while listed for Illinois, are also suitable for many Midwestern gardens. Enter criteria for plants you want and receive a list of matches or check out the Plant Index for information on woody and herbaceous plants arranged by scientific name. Zone maps and a resources section add to the usefulness of this site.