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Native Plants to the Mid-South

Nothing screams the South like sprawling magnolia trees covered in stunning white blooms in the summer or the pink and purple blooms of redbuds that brighten up the woods along the interstate in spring. These are just two of the hundreds of plants that are native to our region. In this blog we will discuss the benefits of planting natives as well as some options of native plants to use based on sunlight needs. The mid-south is full of beautiful and unique plants. If you are looking to create a sustainable, diverse, and colorful landscape then natives are the way to go. Southwest Tennessee and Northern Mississippi offer a wide variety to choose from ranging from the smallest of flowers to the tallest of trees. Below are just a few examples of native plants to help you get started.

Native options for a shady landscape:

  • Oakleaf hydrangea
  • Climbing hydrangea
  • Lady Fern
  • Flowering dogwood
  • Wild blue downy creeping phlox

Native options for a sunny landscape:

  • Bald Cypress
  • Common Winterberry
  • Purple Passion Flower
  • Pink Muhly Grass
  • Black-Eyed Susan

Not only are native plants beautiful but they also are less needy. Since they have been here and thriving since the beginning of time they tend to be less finicky than the newer varieties of plants that we introduce into the area. Natives tend to do better in our hot, dry summers, they tend to have less disease and pest problems, and they tend to do well in a wider variety of soil conditions here in the Mid-South.

If you need help picking out the perfect native plants for your landscape give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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