Some good plants for zone 5 include Jules Verne peony, Strawberries and Cream ribbon grass and Grey Owl juniper. These perennial cultivars offer a variety of plant types for the gardener and thrive in zone 5 with minimal care.
Jules Verne peony, Paeonia lactiflora, grows up to 32 inches and provides double pink blooms in the spring. Zone 5 gardeners can plant this flower in the spring in an area with well-drained soil and full sun. The gardener should provide mulch after the first hard frost to protect the plant and fertilizer when new growth returns in the spring.
Strawberries and Cream ribbon grass, Pharlaris arundinacea, grows from 18 to 36 inches tall and spreads 24 to 36 inches. The plant produces green- and white-striped blades of grass, which turn pink in cold weather, and spikes of white flowers in the summer. The plant prefers light shade to full sun, and gardeners should provide mulch after planting and before the first winter frost.
Grey Owl juniper, Juniperus virginiana, is a slowly spreading evergreen conifer that prefers full sun to light shade. This low-growing juniper grows from 2 to 3 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. Gardeners can plant this plant in average, well-drained soil in the spring and should add mulch before the first frost.