Native Perennials for Southern Gardens
Beneficial Native Perennials
Wildflowers and native plants deserve a prominent place in southern gardens. Native plants promote a healthy ecosystem and because they are used by native wildlife, improve biodiversity. Wildflowers and perennial native plants are accustomed to the growing conditions and climate of an area, making them drought resistant, low maintenance and low cost additions to the landscaping. When you add the natural beauty of many of these plants and the flowers and fruit that they provide, it is hard to understand why they are not used more often in suburban landscaping.
In this article, I have posted photographs and descriptions of some of my favorite perennial wildflowers that grow in the southern United States. You'll also find book recommendations and plant materials.
Native Indian Pink
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The beautiful Indian Pink is one of my favorite wildflowers. This perennial grows in moist, well drained partly shady places throughout the south. We are lucky to have it growing both in our garden and in the woodland area of our habitat in southeastern Louisiana.
If you have the right conditions, Indian Pinks will reward you with lovely red and yellow blooms for a few months from spring into summer. A favorite nectar flower of hummingbirds, this native brightens up the shade garden.
Spigelia marilandica is in the number one spot of beautiful, beneficial and easy to grow native perennial flowers.
Native Plants for Balance Video
Red-Violet Louisiana Iris
Dark Blue, Almost Purple Iris virginica
Iris virginica Almost White
Red-Violet Louisiana Iris poster by Naturegirl7 is available at Zazzle.com.
Native Louisiana Irises are the perfect plant for wet areas in your garden. The 6 original (native) varieties range in size from the small, periwinkle blue Zig-zag (Iris brevicaulis) to the very large Giant Blue Iris (iris giganticaerulea). Colors range from almost white to dark blues and purples. The dark copper red Iris fulva is a favorite of hummingbirds. They hybirdize freely in the wild and in your garden. Most bloom in the spring, with the Zig-zag irises being the last to bloom.
Louisiana Irises also grow well in moist, sunny spots in your garden beds. They bloom for months and will multiply by their underground tubers called rhizomes. To get more plants, divide the rhizomes in fall and plant them out.
Louisiana Iris Books and Plants
All about the Louisiana Iris from the native species to the domesticated cultivars.
Blazing Star Liatris
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Liatris or Blazing Star is a perennial flower of the pineland savannahs. It likes full sun and can tolerate boggy soil. The grass-like foliage springs from a gladiola-like corm. The flowers appear in late summer and early fall and can be used in flower arrangements.
Blazing Star grows well in a garden bed and attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.
Blazing Star Plant
These perennial plants will bloom for years.
Favorite Native Plants
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Helpful Wildflower Books
Tough Plants for Southern Gardens
Felder Rushing recommends many plants that grow well in tough situations.
Links to More About Growing Southern Native Plants
- Gardening with Native Plants
Using native plants in the landscape and sustainable gardening are 2 hot topics, today. Gardening with Native Plants will provide you with lists of wildflowers and native plants as well as techniques and links to more information to get you started o
- 15 Easy to Grow Southern Wildflowers
Here are 15 easy to grow native perennial flowers that are guaranteed to thrive in the hot, humid areas of the coastal southern United States and in other parts of North America, too.As we move toward sustainability, native plants are becoming more p
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