The Best Plants for Your Garden

The climate of Central Wisconsin can be challenging for plants with its extremely cold winters and equally hot summers. We offer recommendations for garden plants that tend to do well despite all that Mother Nature throws at them in this part of the country where we experience all 4 seasons!

The blooms from this plant are either red, pink, or white. The name bleeding hearts refers to the heart-shaped blooms that dangle from the end of each branch. Bleeding hearts can grow to a variable height, and they grow best when partially exposed to the sun. Planting bleeding hearts in soil that is slightly acidic also affects its health and how well it will bloom. Well-draining soil is necessary to prevent the roots of this plant from rotting.

Coral Bells

Coral bells look especially attractive when planted in a rocky garden bed. The plant produces bright pink or bright purple blooms and can grow to more than three feet tall. While they do not require a lot of maintenance, you need to make sure that your coral bells receive enough sunlight during the day.


Since this plant can grow to more than three feet high, it is best to position it at the back of your garden to ensure you can see the other plants. Gayfeather flowers are purple and grow in the summer. For the best results, make sure that your Gayfeather plants receive plenty of sun exposure.

Knock Out Roses

Knock out roses require little maintenance compared to other plants and can handle both harsh winters and hot summers. When you first plant knock out roses, be sure to choose an area where they can get at least six hours of sun each day. However, they should not have more than eight hours of direct exposure to the sun. You also need to place the plants in an area with good drainage. Too much sand or clay in the soil can prevent moisture from draining and cause the roots of knock out roses to rot.


Alternatively known as a black-eyed Susan, the rudbeckia plant creates beautiful black and yellow blooms. Rudbeckia, which typically blooms between June and September, requires little maintenance. This plant does better with well-draining soil and sun exposure, but neither are absolute requirements for it to grow.


These dark purple plants grow to a tall height and tend to attract a lot of attention. Occasionally, blooms from a salvia plant appear a light shade of pink rather than the traditional dark purple. The salvia plant grows best in full sunlight and requires well-drained soil. Be sure to research specific types of salvia plants before purchasing them since some cannot withstand the climate of Central Wisconsin.

Keleny Topsoil, Inc. Has the Supplies You Need for a Beautiful Garden This Summer

Now that spring is here, gardeners feel excited to start planting. Keleny Topsoil, Inc. can assist you with choosing the right plants as well as keeping them healthy from now until the first signs of winter. We offer compost, sand, soil, mulch, stone, and specialty mixes to get your growing season off to the best start. Please contact us to learn more about our topsoil products.