Plant Inspiration For a Wild Yard

Need some garden ideas for your home? Here are some ideas to get your yard bursting with color.

Georgia is a wonderful place for plants. Its climate, generous rainfall and soil conditions give this green state enormous potential.Many plants and flowers thrive in this region. If you're not sure what to plant, here's a list of ideas great garden ideas that includes a variety of flowers, shrubbery, trees and even potential ground coverage.

Hardy & Colorful

Snapdragons (pictured above) are hardy plants that will grow well in practically any part of a sunny yard and can survive for up to two years. 


Lantana (also called "Ham and Eggs") is a shrub-like blooming perennial that can reach as tall as six feet and blooms from early summer to late fall. Although it is considered a weed in some parts of the country, it is a beautiful addition to practically any yard. Another attractive perennial is phlox (below), an upright flowering plant that blooms from late spring to late fall and is available in a variety of vibrant colors: pink, blue, purple, red, white and coral.

Year-Round Beauty

There are many varieties of sedum available at most home and garden centers, but one popular favorite is autumn joy (above). It produces a rich, dark pink flower in late summer, which turns a rust color in the fall. It can serve as a ground cover if planted abundantly enough and will grow back every spring with no effort.

Seasonal Plants

An attractive and unusual plant to consider is the cleome or spider plant (above). It initially gained popularity during the Victorian era, and blooms in varying shades of white and pink. It self-sows after initial planting, and creates a delicate spindly flower from mid-summer to mid-fall.

Trees & Shrubs

When it comes to trees and shrubs, crape myrtle (above) is one plant no yard should be without. Azaleas and rhododendrons are great bordering shrubs, as well as gardenias and camellias. The August beauty gardenia blooms twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall, and can fill your entire yard with an incredible, rich fragrance. Nandina and juniper seem to work well together for contrast, and planting bulbs like tulips, hyacinth and lilies throughout adds great spring color.

Other Options

Other beautiful garden ideas to consider are sunflowers, morning glories, shasta daisies, elephant ear (above) and red banana trees. All of these respond resoundingly well in our region, but will require replanting each year. 

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