As you invest in your landscape, you will want to make sure that you are spending time and money on plants that will do well in the North Carolina climate. Using native plants that have thrived for centuries in the state’s weather, water, and soil conditions will help you enjoy a beautiful and healthy landscape that also supports the rest of the local ecosystem. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for plants you should consider.
Wood-Anemone or Thimbleweed
This flowering plant provides a nice contrast of bright green foliage and large, white flowers. It reaches a height of about twelve inches, so it makes a great border plant to fill in different garden areas. The plant really comes to life in the spring and will provide some much-appreciated color after the winter months.
Northern Maidenhair Fern
If you have spent any time in the North Carolina mountains, you have probably noticed this fern. It is hardy enough to handle a variety of temperatures and does best in shady locations with moist soil. Planting the Northern Maidenhair Fern can provide ground cover and add texture to your landscape. Eventually, it can grow to be about two feet tall.
Eastern Blue Star
This is one plant that will continue to delight throughout the entire year. In the spring, you will enjoy small, delicate periwinkle flowers. Once summer temperatures arrive the blooms will fall off and you will be left with a rich, green shrubbery. When the leaf colors change in the fall, the Eastern Blue Star will turn a bright yellow. It is a truly beautiful and attention-grabbing plant that thrives in North Carolina.
The Dogwood flower is the state flower of North Carolina and a beloved sign of spring. The flowers are actually considered bracts and grow on the Flowering Dogwood. The tree is considered a smaller species since most will only reach 15 to 25 feet tall. From April to June, they are covered in white blooms that often have a hint of pink. These trees do best in well-drained soil and plenty of sun.
If you would like to add some privacy or coverage to your home, the Climbing Hydrangea is a deciduous plant that flowers and uses suckers to climb up walls and trellises. The lacy white flowers come out in early summer and emit a nice fragrance. You can use it to get creative by adding some vertical interest to your landscape design.
While the North Carolina climate can present some challenges, there are plenty of plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs that thrive in our conditions. Starting with the right plants will mean a successful landscape project. Fortunately, the experts at JT’s Landscaping are well-versed in area plants and can help you design and install a beautiful landscape that will help you enjoy your outdoor space. Call today to learn more and get started.