Average rainfall for the midwest (zone 5) - Knowledgebase Question

South Haven, Mi
Question by kndibble
September 9, 2008
I have been doing some research on what types of plants I can plant in my zone 5 perennial garden. I have found a few plants like Apache Plume (Fallugia paradox) that really interest me, however, I am afraid in the midwest they may get too much moisture.

On average, how much rainfall does zone 5 in the midwest (I am in Southwest Michigan) receive? If I elevate my perennial bed to supply adequate drainage to these types of xeriscape perennials, will they survive?

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2008


The average rainfall in South Haven, MI is about 34 inches. That's 3 inches below the national average. You're right - placing your plants in a raised bed will ensure the soil drains quickly enough to keep them from becoming oversaturated. Best wishes with your new plants!

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