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Spring is here, and pretty soon, it will be time to plant some annuals and perennials for the warm spring, summer and fall months. I love this time of year, and I’ve already been gathering up seeds and plants to, hopefully, beautiful my place in this world. I haven’t gardened since I was a kid, so there’s a learning curve, but I’m getting there.

Of course, it gets cold here in Michigan, so you have to be careful what you plant. We have many options, though. When it comes to zones, Michigan’s our hardiness zones range from 4a in the western Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula to 6b in the southeast.

“Understanding which growing zone you reside in is of enormous assistance when you are selecting flowers, trees, shrubs, or perennial food crops for your landscape and garden areas,” says GardeningKnowHow.com. “Within each growing zone are microclimates, which exist because of landscape features such as hills or valleys or hardscape elements including buildings, concrete, etc. Other factors such as the winter sun, wind, humidity, and soil nutrients play a role in the determining how hardy a particular plant will be through the winter.”

Because Michigan has those specific zones, we are a bit limited on what we can plant. I’ve researched to find some of the best flowers to grow in Michigan, many of which are perennials. I prefer perennials, because they come up every year, so long as you plant them correctly, and make your garden very easy to keep up. Read on for 12 flowers to bloom beautifully in Michigan, and best of luck to you with your garden endeavors. If you have tips on the best flowers to plant in the Mitten, reach out to me on social media with the scoop.

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  • Garden Phlox

  • Petunias

  • Blanket Flower

  • Yarrow

  • Coneflower

  • Daisies

  • Hollyhock

  • Astilbe

  • Lily

  • Daffodils

  • Marigolds

  • Tulips