What are the best plants that thrive in Winnipeg’s climate?

Choosing the right perennial plants for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada requires consideration of the local climate, which features cold winters and warm summers. Here are some of our favorite colourful perennial plants that are well-suited for the Winnipeg region:

Coneflowers (Echinacea):

These hardy perennials are known for their tolerance to a variety of conditions. They produce colorful, daisy-like flowers and are low-maintenance. 

Sombrero Adobe Orange Coneflower (Echinacea 'Balsomador') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Black-eye Susan (Rudbeckia):

Another robust choice, black-eyed Susans are known for their bright, yellow flowers. They are drought-tolerant and can manage different soil types.

Grow Black Eyed Susan – How to Plant & Care for Rudbeckia Flowers | Garden  Design

Daylilies (Hemerocallis):

These plants come in assorted colours and are adaptable to different soil conditions. They are also known for their resilience and can withstand cold temperatures.

How to Grow Daylilies | MiracleGro Canada

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia):

This drought-tolerant perennial has aromatic foliage and produces spikes of lavender-blue flowers. It is well-suited for sunny locations. Russian Sage is one of our favorite plants to add to a garden space, with its pretty purple colour in the fall, interesting leaves, and being a food source for pollinators. This is a perennial staple!

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These shade-loving plants come in many sizes and leaf colours. They are popular for their ability to thrive in different soil conditions and provide attractive foliage. These plants are a staple when it comes to creating a shade-tolerant planter garden.

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Also known as stonecrop, sedum is a succulent perennial that comes in various forms. It is drought-tolerant and can add interesting textures to your garden.

Sedum (Stonecrop): Grow and Care Guide | BBC Gardeners World Magazine

Liatris (Blazing Star):

This native plant produces tall spikes of purple flowers and attracts pollinators. It is well-suited to sunny locations with well-drained soil.

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Known for their large, beautiful blooms, peonies are hardy and can withstand cold winters. They prefer well-drained soil and a sunny location.

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This perennial is valued for its feathery plumes of flowers and fern-like foliage. It is well-suited for partial shade and moist soil. They come in many different colours. When combined in a variety of colours they make a magnificent canvas for a bright and interesting garden!

Astilbe – Burt's Greenhouses

Hardy Geraniums (Cranesbill):

These low-maintenance perennials come in various colours and are adaptable to different soil types. They are also known for their long blooming season.

How to Grow and Care for Geraniums

Before planting, it is essential to consider factors such as sunlight exposure, soil type, and drainage. Additionally, proper watering and mulching can contribute to the success of your perennial garden in Winnipeg’s climate. Always check the specific growing requirements for each plant to ensure they meet the conditions of your garden. 

Here at B. Rocke Landscaping we have created some exceptional gardens. Our garden gallery is a great spot to find inspiration for adding flow and colour to your outdoor space. As a well-known and reputable Winnipeg landscaping company, we like to partner with the best nurseries. Jensen’s Nursery is one of our most dependable and well-stocked plant shops! Their website has plenty of insightful information, including species that are specific to our hardiness zone, where to plant, when to plant, recommended soil and sun conditions, and image references to create and maintain your amazing garden!