Selecting Plants for a Southern Garden
Successful flower gardening in the South indicates growing plants that can take the extreme heat and humidity. An excellent place to start selecting plants for your Southern garden is by taking a look at what species are native to your area. These plants have had years to adapt to regional growing conditions.
Do not let the term “native” scare you into believing your garden won’t be lovely. These plants are as beautiful as they are hardy.
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana).
Callicarpa suggests beautiful fruit, which is definitely real of Beautyberry. Small sprays of lavender flowers give way to clusters of purple berries in late summertime to early fall. Songbirds like the berries but do not normally chomp on them until late in the season.
Bee Balm (Monarda didyma).
Bee balm isn’t simply a lovely, repeat blooming seasonal plant, it is also an edible flower and a popular herb for making tea. Hummingbirds flock to bee balm’s tubular flowers. Cut the plants back after blooming, for another flush of bloom.
Blazing Star (Liatris spicata).
Blazing Star is a terrific buddy plant to practically anything. The spiky, bottlebrush flowers been available in purple and white and stay in blossom for weeks. Anticipate to see your plants covered in bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. As soon as developed, Blazing Star plants virtually look after themselves.
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Bold and stunning, Butterfly Weed lights up the garden from mid-summer through fall. The fat, orange, clusters of flowers are genuinely butterfly magnets. Queens are especially keen on them. These perennials can thrive in even the poorest of soils. Although late to emerge in the spring, they will fill your garden with dazzling color for months.
Carolina Rose (Rosa carolina).
The Carolina Rose is a low growing, quick spreading out plant. While it’s not ideal for a small flower border, it makes a terrific low hedge, reaching about 3 ft. high. The single increased flowers are extremely aromatic and kind extremely decorative red hips, in the fall. This is a really sturdy rose, growing in USDA Zones 3 to 9.
Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens).
Carolina Jessamine is a free-flowering, evergreen vine that announces spring has arrived in the South. The aromatic, golden yellow flowers can begin flowering even before winter season has ended. The vine can be trained to grow on a trellis or permitted to twist itself into a low growing mound of blooms.
Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia).
Crepe Myrtle is foreign to the South, but it has been so commonly used, breeders are producing plants simply for the area. There are dwarf choices that grow to only 3 ft. tall and are ideal for small backyards, or you might choose one of the imposing full-sized varieties for a centerpiece or a hedge. With elegant branching trunks, lovely summer blossoms and excellent fall color, Crepe Myrtle makes its place in your garden.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida).
Soft white flower bracts cover this native tree, in early spring. While that would be reason enough to grow Flowering Dogwood in your lawn, you also get clusters of brilliant red fruits, in early fall, followed by rusty red leaves. It looks especially appealing when permitted to grow as a multi-branched tree.
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia).
With maple-shaped leaves and small, white flowers that clamber up tall, stiff stalks, foam flower can form a fluffy white carpet throughout spring. Here, next to blue pansies, it illuminate a shady corner. You may notice a strong similarity to its cousin Coral Bells (Heuchera), with a similar shape, size, and growing conditions. Foam Flower is also terrific in forest gardens and rock gardens.