Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Welcome to Plantabulous, A Southern Garden Blog by Laura Granier

Welcome back to another post from Plantabulous, your Southern Garden Advice Blog covering everything hot under the Sun. Planting in the south can be challenging with the increasing heat as summer moves from spring to fall. here is a list of the top twelve southern garden plants you may want to start growing in your southern garden.

What's in Your Southern Garden?

Whether you are growing plants in a pot, a bed, or a garden, the southern environment plays a big part in southern gardening. You'll have to know what plants will grow well in the heat and humidity of the south as well as when to start growing. This post will detail some of the top, southern plants for southern gardeners to grow all year.

The Southern Royal Catchfly

Royal Catchfly is a sturdy perennial plant that is great for attracting hummingbirds, The flowers a a bright, trumpet shaped red flower that begins to flower in the middle to later parts of summer

The Southern Swamp Lily

Swamp Lily is a marsh type flowering plant that survives well in the south due to the increased threat of flood waters after a southern storm. These flowering plants show clustered pink or white flowers from sporing until fall and have long, strap leaves reminiscent of large grass blades.

The Southern Woodland Phlox

Woodland Phlox is a flowering plant that comes with a full range of self-protection to avoid the common problems that kill flowering plants. This plant has blue, purple , or white flowers and flowers in the springtime, prior to the introduction of the full, southern summer garden heat.

The Southern Stoke's Aster

Stoke's Aster is another tough perennial that has an extremely long flowering period that lasts from spring till fall. The best variants of Stoke's Aster include the Blue Danube, Mary Gregory, and Peachie's Pick.

The Southern Helen's Flower

Helen's Flower is a fall daisy that blooms near the end of the summer season but still maintains a significant amount of color and attractive appearance for fall bees and pollen carrying insects. A Mardi Gras version is widely held as the best version of the Helen's Flower and can be seen planted among many southern gardens.

The Southern Northern Sea Oats

Northern Sea Oats is an grass that has its place in many southern gardens due to its ornamental shape and color. The Northern Sea Oat is a fast grower and can overtake other plants in a closely planted garden. Be sure to manage new growth when managing this southern garden favorite.

The Southern Native Bee Balm

The native Bee Balm has brilliant red flowers continuing to blossom through the summer. This plant is a magnet for pollen loving birds and insects. Besides being an attraction to pollinating fauna, the Bee Balm also has enough aromatic foliage top keep pests away like rabbits and deer.

The Southern Crested Iris

The Crested Iris flowers a blue, white, or purple flower that by all means is as delicate as any other in the garden. It's hard to imagine this plant being a southern favorite, but the Crested Iris continues to prove its toughness against the heat, humidity, and Sun of the South.

The Southern Indian Pink

Indian Pink flowers are another Hummingbird favorite. Because of the shape of the flower and its color, it makes a perfect perch for a hummingbird to slurp up all the goodness from within. This plant like to be at the front of most gardens and can be overcome by other plants that can overtake the roots system. Always plant your Indian Pinks around the edges of your garden and you'll find tham to be the best, first flower you see when working on your southern garden.

The Southern Hibiscus

Hibiscus has a big, bright, and beautiful flower. They are bigger than your hand and hang delicately waiting for a wandering pollinator to find it. The plants become full of blooms all through summer and can be in red pink, or even white.

The Southern Pitcher Plant

The pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant living in swampy area of the south. These plants are unique in shape, form, and function. they have funnel shape flowers that are capable of digesting small insects that fall into its pitcher. Once inside the victim will be slowly digested as food for the plant. You'll find Pitcher Plants blooming in the swamps during springtime and won't return again until the following year.

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