I'm a Beginner

Start anywhere is a good mantra for a new gardener. Mostly, just start! These plants are great for beginning gardeners, because they aren’t very picky and still deliver great blooms and foliage. And remember, plants marked “perennial” mean they can weather a Midwest winter and come back the next year, so you shouldn’t have to start from scratch all over again! (See our "I'm a Beginner" Top 25 Rankings!)

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2023 Plant Club "Good for Beginners" Top 25

Plant 2023 2022
Impatiens x hybrida 'Sunpatiens Compact White' 1 NR
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' 2 NR
Geranium 'Gerwat' ROZANNE 3 NR
Impatiens hawkeri 'Petticoat White' 4 NR
Impatiens 'Bounce Violet' 5 NR
Echinacea purpurea 6 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'SunPatiens Compact Hot Pink' 7 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'Sunpatiens Compact Coral Pink' 8 NR
Impatiens walleriana 'Rockapulco Appleblossom' 9 NR
Amsonia 'Blue Ice' 10 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'Sunpatiens Compact Purple' 11 NR
Impatiens x hybrida 'Sunpatiens Compact Deep Red' 12 NR
Sedum spectabile 'Herbstfreude' AUTUMN JOY 13 NR
Itea virginica 'Sprich' LITTLE HENRY 14 NR
Angelonia angustifolia 'Serenita Rose' 15 NR
Impatiens walleriana 'Beacon Sanibel Mix' 16 NR
Sedum ternatum 17 NR
Aquilegia 'Earlybird Blue White' 18 NR
Echinacea purpurea 'Pas702917' POWWOW WILD BERRY 19 NR
Miscanthus sinensis 'Gracillimus' 20 NR
Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch' 21 NR
Petunia 'Supertunia Bordeaux' 22 NR
Aquilegia canadensis 23 NR
Impatiens hawkeri 'Petticoat Pink' 24 NR
Stachys byzantina 'Helene Von Stein' 25 NR

NR: No Ranking

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Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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