The Q&A Archives: Zone 5--first time gardener

Question: I would LOVE to know what would be a good start for a garden in zone 5 that will look great in the spring and summer as well as the fall and winter.
I have a 8x4 foot area to work with. Any suggestions would HELP WONDERS!!!

Answer: Oh my goodness! There are hundreds of plants you can grow in zone 5. I'll list my favorites, but you can also get great ideas by visiting local parks, neighborhoods and nurseries to see what does well in other gardens. And, if you want to learn more about garden bed preparations and general plant care, check out a copy of Sunset Western Garden Book at your local library. It is loaded with helpful advise for first time gardeners. Here's the list:
Acorus Gramineus 'Ogon'

Ajuga Reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

Ajuga Reptans 'Vanilla Chip'

Artemisia indica 'Variegata'

Ascelpias incarata

Athyrium nipponicum 'Ursula's Red'

Baby's Breath 'Pink'

Bergenia 'Pink Dragonfly'

Bergenia purpurascens

Campanula persicifolia 'Kelly's Gold'

Campanula Persicifolia 'Moerheimii'

Campanula Takesimana 'Beautiful Trust'

Carex Siderosticha 'Island Brocade'

Clematis 'Arabella'

Clematis 'Blue Light'

Clematis 'Climador'

Clematis 'Pink Climador'

Clematis 'Golden Tiara'

Clematis 'Marie Louise Jensen'

Clematis 'My Angel'

Clematis 'Kullus'

Clematis 'Marmori'

Clematis 'Minister'

Clematis 'Piilu'

Clematis 'Reiman'

Clematis 'Ruutel'

Clematis 'Silmakiui'

Clematis 'Viola'

Columbine 'Origami Blue and White'

Coreopsis Grandiflora 'Heliot'

Corydalis sempervirens

Dianthus Barbatus Nigrescens 'Sooty'

Dianthus Barbatus 'Noverna Purple'

Dicentra scandens 'Golden Tears'

Dryopteris erythrosora

Echinacea 'Art's Pride'

Euphorbia 'Golden Glory'

Geranium Hybrid 'Brookside'

Geranium sanguinium 'Striatum'

Geranium 'Tiny Monster'

Geum 'Fireball'

Geum 'Werner Arends'

Gypsophilia hybrid

Gypsophilia 'Rosada'

Hedra Helix 'Pink 'N' Very Curly'

Hellebore 'Double'

Hellebore 'Mrs. Betty Ranicar'

Hellebore 'Royal Heritage'

Heuchera 'Amber Waves'

Heuchera 'Dayglow Pink'

Heuchera 'Florist's Choice'

Heuchera Hybrid 'Green Spice'

Heucherella 'Chocolate Lace'

Heucherella 'Geisha's Fan'

Heucherella 'Raspberry Regal'

Heucherella x 'Rosalie'

Hosta 'Royal Standard'

Japanese Anemone 'September Charm'

Kniphofia uvaria 'Candlelight'

Liatris spicata

Lobelia 'Cranberry Crown'

Lobelia 'Monet Moment'

Lobelia x speciosa 'Queen Victoria'

Lysimachia Nummularia 'Goldilocks'

Maiden Grass 'Morning Light'

Phlox 'Becky Towe'

Phlox paniculata 'Norah Leigh'

Pulmonaria 'Bubble Gum'

Pulmonaria 'Trevi Fountain'

Sedum 'Red Stem'

Shasta Daisy 'Alaska'

Silene 'Jack Flash'

Stokesia laevis 'Colorwheel'

Stokesia Laevis 'Peach Melba'

Striped Weeping Sedge 'Evergold'

Tiarella 'Heronswood Mist'

Tiarella 'Starfish'

Veronica Prostrata 'Aztec Gold'

Best wishes with your new garden!

Veronica 'Red Fox'

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