Roses have diverse symbolic meanings and have been used as literary references since Shakespeare's time.
Even in the Midwest, centers for creating ceramics were established, inspired by the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement.
In 1986 the rose became the national flower of the United States.
In the lower mid west, crepe myrtles can be grown as small shrubs.
You can plant many varieties of lily bulbs to have continuous bloom from late May into August.