Every plant you add to your landscaping has a native origin. While you can use a wide range of plants and flowers in your D.C.-area yard, some simply aren’t designed for the weather conditions. Maryland has cold, snowy winters and long periods without rain, especially in the summer. That means you need greenery that can survive and even thrive from one year to the next.
The best way to ensure you’ll get the right vegetation for your yard is to go for plants and flowers that are native to Maryland. Luckily, you have plenty to choose from. Here are some of our favorites.
In other parts of the country, homeowners plant azaleas and hope they survive. Maryland residents are lucky to live in a region of the U.S. where azaleas grow naturally. Azaleas do best in a shady area, and you’ll need to plant them in acid soil that has good drainage.
There are several milkweeds native to Maryland, including common milkweed, swamp milkweed, and butterfly weed. In addition to thriving in its native environment, milkweeds also serve as a source of food for the butterflies in the area.
3. Cardinal flower
With large beautiful red flowers, the cardinal flower, also known as Lobelia cardinalis, is a versatile addition to any garden. Cardinal flowers can thrive in shade, sun, and part sun, although you will need to water them regularly.
Ilex verticillata, or common winterberry, is unique for its bright red fruit, which shows up in the late autumn and early winter. Winterberry can grow in both wet and dry conditions. Best of all, birds are drawn to winterberry bushes, so your garden will give you plenty to look at.
5. Black-eyed Susans
One of the most popular wildflowers is black-eyed Susans, a beautiful golden-yellow flower that stands out. The best thing about black-eyed Susans is that once planted, they tend to spread. Keep in mind, though, that this “spread” can crowd out other flowers you’ve planted.
6. Eastern Columbine
If you’re looking for a plant that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, the Eastern Columbine will do the trick. The bell-shaped yellow and red flowers are eye-catching, too, so you’ll have plenty to entertain you as you look out over your garden.
Choosing the right flowers and plants is only the first step. You’ll also need to know when and how to plant them to get the best results. Great American Landscapes can help you choose the right items for your yard or garden. Give us a call at (301) 972-5681 to schedule a consultation to discuss your landscaping needs.