This list contains a diverse collection of plants which have one feature in common in that they are all cold hardy and so suitable for growing in northern locations. While many lists of slightly unusual and exotic plants feature tropical varieties which cannot survive outdoors in a cold climate, the plants described below have been chosen to suit the local conditions. The “10 Plants That Are Fun To Grow Outdoors” is the title of the article by David Beaulieu which I found on the About.com website.
Lists of plants that are fun to grow outdoors are easy to find on the internet. But many of these lists focus on weird plants that hail from the tropics. I have nothing against these strange and amazing specimens (in fact, I include one of them in my top ten picks below), but those of us who garden in cold climates must either grow them exclusively as houseplants or worry about bringing them indoors when summer ends.
Happily, there are plenty of cold-hardy plants that are fun to grow outdoors, and those are the ones I focus on in this article. You will especially appreciate the choices I list below if you are the type of gardener who habitually observes your plants “up-close and personal.” Indeed, to derive maximum satisfaction from these?fascinating plants, you have to be at your most observant during their peak seasons. I have chosen them because their flower or foliage changes in a dramatic fashion, but you will miss out on the drama if you fail to show up in time for the performance.
When do these “peak seasons” occur? The answer varies from plant to plant. That is why you should click on each of the pictures below, which will take you to articles with detailed descriptions for each specimen. Bookmark the articles on the individual plants that look most fun to you, because in these articles I inform you as to the season when that particular plant is at its best — so that you won’t be late for the show.
Go to the next page to see these interesting plants that can be grown outdoors in northern locations.