5 Plants that Can Survive a Chicago Winter

Although the weather is turning colder, it doesn’t mean that homeowners in Chicago are going to abandon their gardens during winter. Quite the opposite in fact – more property owners than ever before are learning about the different types and varieties of plants that will be able to not only survive, but also even thrive, during winter. Below are just five examples of plants that are suitable for this part of the country when the weather turns cold.

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Although these flowers do not keep their stunning coloring during the coldest parts of winter, it will easily recover when spring arrives – provided that they are correctly cared for. These flowers enjoy some direct sunlight, meaning that they should always be planted where they will be exposed directly to it. Once these flowers have gone dormant, it is recommended that dead stems be trimmed and stabilized with one to two inches of mulch for some added protection.

Blue Spruce

These trees are an ideal option if you are looking to add a little picturesque appeal to your Chicago yard during winter. Keep in mind that these trees also enjoy full sunshine and they can act as an excellent barrier for sound, wind and visual disturbances. These trees are sensitive to insecticide products in that they have been known to remove the coating on the needles that gives them their unique color.


These tiny flowers have quite a shallow root system, meaning that, while they will survive a cold winter, they will require a little mulch for added protection. These flowers prefer to be exposed to areas where there will be light shade for them, so they should not be planted in direct sunlight.


When these little plants start popping up during the late winter months, they are indicating that spring will soon be on its way. An added advantage of snowdrops is that they tend to require little to no costly or time-consuming maintenance. They also have the ability to spread quickly, especially if their bulbs are lifted and divided right after they have bloomed.

Evergreen Holly

The red berries and dark green leaves on these plants bring a bright and cheery feel to virtually any garden during winter. Evergreen holly plants are not only attractive; they are extremely hardy, meaning that if enough of them are planted, they will be able to provide you with a lovely natural privacy barrier. It is important to keep in mind that if you would like these plants to sprout berries, a male and female plant will be required.

Choosing the right plants to survive a Chicago winter will not only help improve your home’s overall curb appeal; it will ensure that you don’t have to deal with dying shrubs, flowers or bushes during the coldest time of the year. If you would like to find out more about choosing the right plants for your winter garden, speak with one of our experts today.

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