Spring is beginning, and it's a perfect time to plan your garden. The weather is warm enough that you can plan your garden outdoors, even if the lawn isn't as lush and green as it will be in a month or two. While exotic greenhouse blooms win flower shows, if you select plants suited to the local climate, you'll have multiple choices for beautiful blooms and plants that require relatively little intervention to thrive. Whether you've never planted a seed or win gardening prizes every spring, consider the following plants when planning a garden for your Southport home.
- Peace Lily
The peace lily is a tropical plant that thrives in Southport's hardiness zone, classed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as zone 8A. Its dark, glossy leaves spread out over the ground, helping to maintain the soil moisture it needs, and the ivory blooms give the peace lily its name, despite not being a true lily. It's an excellent plant for novice gardeners, but not for those with small children or pets, as several parts of the plant are toxic.
- Sea Lavender
For long-lasting color, consider sea lavender. While not a true lavender, it gets its name from the pale blue-violet color of the calyces, which surround and protect the flowers of the plant. As the color isn't located in the flowers, the color will stay strong through drying. Sea lavender has a large taproot, so plant directly into the ground to give the plant room to spread out.
- Spotted Beebalm
If you'd like a perennial with a deliciously herbaceous scent, consider the spotted beebalm. Its spiky pale violet leaves and spotted flowers make it seem more like a tropical bloom, but the pollinators in your neighborhood know it well.
- Yellow Jessamine
Imagine if nature took daffodils and strung them along a vine, and you'll have a good mental picture of the yellow jessamine. As it's a native plant and a climbing vine, it makes a great alternative to roses for trellises and fences. It appreciates moist, well-drained soil, so avoid areas that are compacted. Its sunny blossoms also like full sun, making a trellis adorned with yellow jessamine a perfect spot for garden photos.
- Jupiter's Beard
Jupiter's Beard creates a striking touch of magenta or red in a garden, inviting the local bees and butterflies to stop by. Also known as Kiss-Me-Quick, it's a great choice for beginning gardeners, as it can grow in a variety of soil types and rarely requires fertilizers or other added nutrients.
- Muscadine Grapevine
If you'd like a garden that tastes as good as it looks, consider a muscadine grape vine. This variety is prized for jellies and pie fillings in North Carolina, but don't roll out your pie crust just yet. Grapevines take a few years to yield, but once established, can provide decades of beautiful fruit. Proper soil conditions are crucial to fruit production, making grapevine growing a good project for the devoted gardener, especially in the early years.
Coastal North Carolina is an ideal spot for the home gardener, with its mild weather and well-balanced soil conditions. Our REALTORS® would love to show you a variety of Southport homes for sale well suited to both novice and experienced gardeners.
Contact us for any questions you have about the homes your garden could grace.