Spruce up the landscaping of your VENICE & SUNCOAST HOMES with a garden! Although the winters are very mild, the heat and humidity during the summer offers a challenge for gardening in the south. You want to use tough plants that can easily thrive without a lot of care. Turn to plants that naturally grow throughout the region to ensure a beautiful garden all year round. Here are the 15 top native plants for southern gardens!

CRESTED IRIS (Iris cristata) – This delicate flower features blue, white, or purple blooms. The flowers will blossom in mid-spring and grow best in part sun to shady areas with moist, well-drained soil.

INDIAN PINK (Spigelia marilandica) – These stunning perennials feature bright red flowers with yellow tops. Place them partly in the shade and in well-drained, moist soil. For an added bonus, these flowers are a hummingbird favorite!

WOODLAND PHLOX (Phlox divaricata) – This resiliant plant will grow in the shade and is disease resistant. Add fragance to your spring garden with these blue, purple, and white flowers.

STOKES’ ASTER (Stokesia laevis) – In beautiful shades of blue or lavender, this flower will add color to your garden yearly throughout the summer and fall. Place in the full sun.

RAIN LILY (Zephyranthes candida) – These delicate flowers grow in the fall and come in shades of red, pink, and white. Place them in the sun to part shade. They prefer moist, well-drained soil.

HARDY HIBISCUS (Hibiscus moscheutos) – These large red, white, and pink beauties bloom in late summer through early fall. Hardy hibiscus can grow up to 8 feet tall so place them farther back in your garden to avoid them blocking other plants. Make sure that they receive full sun and are in moist soil.


NORTHERN SEA OATS (Chasmanthium latifolium) – You want to add interest to your garden all year round. For those winter months, Northern Sea Oats are a great addition to your landscaping. This plant tolerates light shade and well-drained soil. It can spread quickly, though, throughout your garden so make sure to maintain it frequently.

HELEN’S FLOWER (Helenium autumnale) – Add a splash of autumn colors of gold, orange, and red to your garden in the fall with this daisy. This perennial will easily grow in the sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.

BEE BALM (Monarda didyma) – Attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your southern garden with these bright red flowers. Bee Balm grows throughout the summer months providing beautiful color to your landscape all season long. These flowers need to be placed in the full sun in order to properly grow.

ROYAL CATCHFLY (Silene regia) – Whether in the full sun or part shade, the Royal Catchfly blooms bright red petals in mid and late summer.

BUGBANE (Actaea racemosa) – For those shady areas of your garden, plant Bugbane. This tall plant blossoms white flowers.

FALSE INDIGO (Baptisia australis) – This perennial adds beauty to your garden throughout the seasons. In late spring, enjoy their blue and purple flowers. The foliage continues to provide a splash of color to your garden through late summer with its blue-green hue.

SWAMP LILY (Crinum americanum) – For areas with moist and wet soil, grow Swamp Lilies. This water-garden plant with blossom with pink and white petals from spring to fall.

PITCHER PLANT (Sarracenia purpurea) – Also a water-garden plant, the Pitcher Plant adds interest to your yard with its unusually shaped flowers and leaves. The most interesting thing about this flower, though? It's carnivorous!


FOAMFLOWER (Tiarella cordifolia) – With clusters of tiny white flowers, the Foamflower adds interesting groundcover throughout your garden. They prefer the shade and blossom in early spring.


Adding these beautiful blooms to your landscape and gardens, along with stones, ponds and other accents add value to your homes and instant curb appeal! If you're thinking of selling your suncoast home, this is one of the areas to plan on spending a little money before putting your home on the market!


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