A question homeowners often have when landscaping is what types of plants to grow in their yard. Every climate around the world has native plant species that thrive in that specific climate. Whether you are in a drought-tolerant area or a rainforest, there are certain plants that will flourish and draw in the ever-important insects needed for pollination. There are many types of bugs that only reproduce in certain areas due to climate-specific plants. For example, bees feast on and pollinate with different plants depending on the season. In the summer, they love bee balm and snapdragons, among other plants. However, in the fall, asters are a great option to attract bees. In addition to thinking about what plants to grow and where, also consider which types of landscape edging products you will need to help keep your plants healthy and separated, allowing them to grow to their full potential.
This blog post will detail different plant options you can find so you can feel like a pro!
Rocky Mountain Region
Since Coyote Landscape Products is headquartered in Denver, CO, we decided to start off with the best plants for the Rocky Mountain region. This area has extreme weather conditions including blazing hot summers and blizzard winter conditions. In some areas, there are often extended drought conditions as well. Plants that can handle these tough conditions include Blanketflowers, Crab Apple trees, Colorado Four O’Clock, Skunkbush Sumac, Lilac, Switchgrass, certain Oak trees, Tatarian maple trees, and Spruces. These are some of the more popular plants in this region – however, there are many more you can choose from. A more detailed list can be found on Houzz.
Similar to the Rocky Mountain climate, the Mid-Atlantic region has a full four-season climate which allows for a variety of plants to grow well. Most of this area gets plenty of rain, but there are areas that see occasional drought. Things to watch out for when planting include the type of soil (clay = hard to grow in) and local animal life (deer). Plants that do exceptionally well here include the Carolina Silverbell, Black Eyed Susans, Alternateleaf dogwood, Heuchera Villosa, Hop Hornbeam, and Deschampsia Cespitosa. Read more about the top ten mid-Atlantic native plants.
The Southeast is one of the best climates in North America to grow plants. The area receives plenty of rainfall, has four seasons, and has an extended summer which is perfect for growing plants. Heavy humidity can make it hard for some plants to grow. Some of the most beautiful, iconic trees and flowers including the Southern Live Oak, Southern Magnolia, Beautyberry, Azaleas, and Carolina Jessamine do great in this climate. For more options on what grows best in this area and why, read this Houzz article.
The Northeast is similar to the Southeast with its copious amounts of precipitation and high humidity throughout the year. Winters can be brutal with frequent snow storms and long-lasting, bitter temperatures. Another challenge in this area is the large amounts of deer browsing and trampling throughout yards. Plants that can survive with these challenges include the Wild Anemone, Yellow Lady’s-Slipper Orchid, Carolina Lupine, Merrybells, Jacob’s Ladder, Woodland Iris and Swamp Milkweed. See more ideas on what to plant for the Southeast climate.
Some people say the Northwest has the best climate for growing a variety of vegetation from tropical plants, to lush green shrubs, to beautiful flowers like Tulips. The climate in this region ranges from super wet winters to sunny, dry summers. With its abundantly dense landscape and high precipitation, the Northwest has some very versatile choices when choosing native or non-native plant life for your yard. Plants that work well in this area include Vine Maple, Blueblossom, Pacific Trillium, Pacific Coast Iris, Evergreen Huckleberry and Redtwig Dogwood. Read more about these native Northwest plants and how much sun and water they should receive.
California gets its own section because there are a wide range of climates throughout the state. This region can be tough for regular plant life like grass because of how hot and dry certain areas can be throughout the year. In the inland, desert areas of California, the weather is not optimal for most plants, however there is some amazing plant life that is easy to take care of and can weather the heat. These plants include Matilija Poppies, California Poppies, Lemonade Berries, Toyons, Hoary California Fuchsias, Desert Mallows and Chalk Liveforevers. Coastal areas have an entirely different climate than inland areas and are great for succulents, and plants such as the Bird of Paradise. For more ideas on what to plant in your California yard, check out this article from Better Homes and Gardens.
As you can see, there are many choices when landscaping your yard. There are also many challenges. Make sure you understand which climate zone you live in so you can choose the best plants that will last years. And as always, use landscape edging products to create specific areas for planting flowers and native vegetation. Happy gardening