Posted by Laura Kornaker in Cincinnati, Home Maintenance

It’s time to spruce up the outside of your home with some flowers! We know it’s hard enough to keep an indoor plant alive—let alone a full garden of outdoor shrubbery. That’s why we have created this Ohio gardening guide with some tips and questions to consider when planting those seeds.

When is the best time to plant flowers in Ohio?

Weather in Ohio can be hard to predict. It can be 75 degrees and sunny one day and snowing the next, making it even more difficult to know when the best time to grow is. But we’re here to help!

Typically, the ideal growing season in Ohio is between late April and mid-October. This is when the last spring frost and first fall frost tend to land.


Woman Planting a Garden

Garden Planning

Now that we know when the best time to plant is, you’ll need to know what to plant and where to plant it for optimal growth!

  • Observe your yard throughout the day and see which spots receive the most light, as opposed to shade. This way both your sun-loving and shade-loving plants can thrive.
  • Check for windbreaks that may be caused by your home or your neighbor’s. Winds can often be more detrimental to your plants than cold temperatures.
  • Improve/Prepare the soil. Soil in Ohio is typically clay and requires more hummus/fertility over time. There’s always room for improvement!

Now you can pick your flowers, shrubs, and hedges and let your garden come to life!


White and Pink Variegated Tulips

What types of plants can survive Ohio weather?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Ohio falls into either zone 5 or zone 6 on the plant hardiness zone map, depending on where you live.

You may be thinking, “What is plant hardiness?” This is a plant’s ability to survive adverse growing conditions based on climate—can it tolerate the cold? Heat? A drought or flooding? Strong winds?

Since Ohio falls into either zone 5 or 6, your hedges need to be able to withstand the humidity of summer as well as extreme temperatures as low as -15 degrees.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of plants that thrive in these zones and the ever-changing climate conditions of Ohio:

  • Poppy
  • Hosta
  • Delphinium
  • Slender Deutzia
  • Common Boxwood
  • Blanket Flower
  • Daylily
  • Perennials
Flower Beds in Backyard

Cool-weather annuals:

  • Snapdragons
  • Pansies
  • Violas
  • Johnny-jump-ups

Let the Gardening Begin!

A vibrant garden of flowers and greenery is in your future now that you know these growing tips and tricks. Start with small beds and soon enough your garden will blossom into a colorful exhibit of shrubs and flowers.


Backyard With Pond and Flowers and Landscaping

Proud of your Ohio flower garden? Share a photo and tag @mihomes! We’d love to see your outdoor oasis.


Laura Kornaker


As the Internet Sales Manager in Cincinnati, Laura's goal is to make your new home investment a smooth and easy process. With her 15+ years' experience in the new home building business, she’ll help you navigate through the best scenarios and opportunities. Laura has lived in Cincinnati for over 20 years and knows all of the best schools, shopping, restaurants, and recreation. She’ll help you find the perfect location and home. She’ll even get you started on financing! Whether you are relocating or local, moving up or downsizing, Laura is the expert to get started with!

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