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Tulips bloom in profusion at The Lamplight Inn Bed and Breakfast in Berlin, Ohio.
Delicate, bell-shape white flowers bloom on Silverbell (Halesia Carolina) in an Illinois garden.
University of Illinois Arboretum
Learn about plants and enjoy nature's beauty at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Urbana, Illinois.
Prairie flowers brighten the South Dakota plains.
Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, preserves heritage seeds for flowers such as this zinnia.
Sign of spring
The two-tone 'Bravoure' daffodil features snow-white petals around a bright yellow stovepipe trumpet.
Vases hold cloudlike blooms of hydrangeas: Blushing Bride (white) and Cityline Berlin (pink, in two stages).
Longenecker Horticultural Gardens
More than 170 varieties of crab apples grow at the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
This lovely variety of azalea (Rhododendron vaseyi) blooms with trusses of four to eight funnel-shape, rose pink-to-white flowers.
Splash of color
Daffodils such as these 'Gracious Lady' flowers bloom in early spring, despite chilly temps.
Triumph tulip 'Blue Base' is one of more than 100 types at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.
Tower of flowers
Dazzling blooms and surprising hues give sunflowers real flower power.
With tiny flowers on tall stalks, Foam Flower (Tiarella) makes a good woodland groundcover.
Heart-shape flowers dangle on the fernlike greenery of Bleeding Heart (Dicentra).
With large, blousy blooms that can be seen from across the yard, Japanese irises (such as 'Tideline') will bring a burst of color to your Midwest garden.
The 'Ben Huston' dahlia is one of more than 50,000 varieties of this easy-to-grow flower.
Bottles of blooms
Clear-glass containers in a variety of shapes and sizes show off sprigs of lavender.
'Vaughn's Lillie' oakleaf hydrangea sports 10- to 12-inch white flowers that turn pink or brown in fall.
The Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio, grows more than 500 cultivated varieties, including Rhododendron 'Nova Zembla'.
Beautiful, fragrant lavender is native to hot, dry Mediterranean climates but adapts to the Midwest.
Blooms for picking
Pink snapdragons and black-eyed Susans grow near the Lake Michigan shore at Omena Cut Flowers, north of Suttons Bay, Michigan.
Lilac flower clusters, studded with tiny florets, burst with fresh-blown hues in white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, magenta and purple.
A butterfly hovers near phlox, one of many nectar plants that will draw butterflies to your garden.
Purple-gray Russian sage flourishes even in the heat of summer, rising 3 to 5 feet tall.
Spring's favorite perfume
With their sweet scent, luscious pastel blooms, and delicate, heart-shape leaves, lilacs are the perfect bloom to snip for a bouquet for yourself or someone you love.
Bucket of cheer
Daffodils light up landscapes, blooming in shades of white, cream, yellow, orange and light pink.
Tall trees at The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio, offer the shade rhododendrons love and tower over varieties such as 'Blue Peter'.
Crabapple trees offer a season-spanning show, with fragrant sprays of white or pink petals in spring, shade during the summer, and clusters of bright yellow, orange or red fruits that can last through winter.
Field of sunflowers are a common sight across North Dakota in mid to late summer. North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota grow more than 85 percent of the U.S. crop.
Spiky magenta lupines are the signature flower of Bayfield, Wisconsin, where gardening flourishes in this Superior-warmed Zone 4 pocket.
Clifty Falls wildflowers
Blue phlox bloom in the spring at Indiana's Clifty Falls State Park.
'Crested Surf' Japanese irises have six falls (large hanging petals), each with a triangular yellow "signal" in the center.
Field of flowers
Daisy-like black-eyed Susans are easy to grow, require little maintenance and make great cut flowers.
Drifts of color
Captivating drifts of white, yellow, orange, magenta and purple rhododendrons bloom alongside wide walking paths at the The Holden Arboretum's 20-acre rhododendron collection 20 miles northeast of Cleveland.
Wichita's Botanica gardens, open year-round, feature more than 4,000 species of plants on 17 acres.
Light-sensitive mums begin to produce flowers as the days grow shorter, typically blooming from mid-August until fall frosts.
Shrub roses, such as the 'Yellow Submarine', offer low-maintenance options for Midwest gardeners.
Redbuds in bloom
Redbuds show off their spring colors at Indiana's Clifty Falls State Park.