Chicago Botanic Garden

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Ornamental Plant Research

Ornamental Plant Development

Top-Rated Plants

The following list contains plants in the Plant Evaluation Program that are also top-rated plants for the Chicagoland growing region (zone 5).

 

  • Asclepias (milkweed)
  • Aster (aster)
  • Athyrium (lady fern)
  • Campanula (bellflower)
  • Cimicifuga (bugbane)
  • Clethra (summersweet)
  • Cotinus (smokebush)
  • Digitalis (foxglove)
  • Echinacia (coneflower)
  • Eupatorium (Joe-Pye weed)
  • Euphorbia (spurge)
  • Hydrangea paniculata (panicle hydrangea)
  • Itea (Virginia sweetspire)
  • Leucanthemum (shasta daisy)
  • Nepeta (catmint)
  • Panicum (panic grass)
  • Platycodon (balloonflower)
  • Schizophragma (Japanese hydrangea vine)
  • Thalictrum (meadowrue)
  • Veronica (speedwell)
  • Veronicastrum (Culver's root)