Northern Gardening forum: Help! Moving North, what do I plant?

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Name: Paul
Madison, IN (Zone 6a)
delab
Apr 29, 2016 5:10 AM CST
My son and his wife are moving to the east coast of Michigan, about half way up the state, what are good flowers/herbs to plant outside? Looks like 5a/b area. would Asiatic and Oriental lilies be good? I'm assuming daffodils, hostas and hyacinths would do fine, maybe? I know my area, just not that far up north. Any help would be appreciated.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 29, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Well, we have a lot of Michiganders here so you should get lots of help. Weedwacker lives in the lower UP but to the west side. Don't know much about the east side and I am a wee bit too far north to help much. Hilarious!
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Name: Paul
Madison, IN (Zone 6a)
delab
Apr 29, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Mary, but if it grows in AK, it should grow in MI. In addition to what I mentioned earlier, I've got peonies, irises, lily of the valley, rose of Sharon, columbines and weeds, lots of weeds, that I could give them, but if they don't do well, then we've all wasted time. If they will, then they'll have a free garden.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
Apr 29, 2016 2:42 PM CST
Asiatic lilies would be good they keep coming back year after year. Bleeding hearts, columbines, Darwin tulips, daffodils, iris, dormant daylilies, peonies and lots more plants are perfectly northern hardy. Lots more will be hardy in zone 6, it would be a good idea to check out gardens in the area to see what is growing.
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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Apr 30, 2016 5:58 AM CST
Here is a list of plants that should work. These are all plants that a local garden designer recommended for my yard when I hired her to design my flower beds. They are all good to at least Zone 4.
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Name: Paul
Madison, IN (Zone 6a)
delab
Apr 30, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Thank you ladies, that's exactly what I needed. So, most of my stuff will transfer north, that's great for me (no cost) and easy on them (fewer decisions).

paul
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 30, 2016 8:47 AM CST
I agree with Betty. All listed grow just fine here with the possible exception of Rose of Sharon. Have had no luck with that one even in its hardier version. I have had OrienPet lilies that did wonderfully well but were dependent on a decent snow cover or they rot. I replanted some (Conc d'Or) last year and am hoping they made it despite very little snow cover but the winter was mild and we didn't have the ups and downs in temp this spring. And of course peonies love the cooler weather we have.
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
Apr 30, 2016 9:38 AM CST
I have OrienPet lilies (love them the scent and height) here for years they do well here our snow cover is not consistent, I wonder if the soil is also a factor in growing them. I planted Conc d'Or last year so will see how that one does this year.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 30, 2016 2:44 PM CST
If it blooms you will love it. It wasn't terribly tall for me but had numerous huge blooms and I could smell the perfume from yards away. I tip my hat to you.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
Frogs and Toads Birds Roses Region: United States of America Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Garden Art Echinacea
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daylilydreams
Apr 30, 2016 3:06 PM CST
I checked on it today and it is growing nicely, the scent of the OT is indeed easily smelled from a long way. I like them outdoors but couldn't take blooms indoors as they would be overpowering and set off my allergies.
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
May 1, 2016 6:32 AM CST
Oh yes. taken in an enclosed space it would be overpowering. Kind of like gardenias.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)

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