Tennessee offers gardeners the both of best worlds. The growing season is long and warm, making planting flowers from seed a delightful option. The winters are just long enough to chill daffodils and other plants requiring cold stratification. Between the rich soil and plentiful rains, Tennessee offers growers a chance for truly lush landscapes.
Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus L.)
When visiting Tennessee in the spring it is hard to miss the daffodils blooming. They are everywhere, along roadsides, in the woods and scattered throughout fields. It is little wonder that these cheerful plants are used extensively in home gardens. Preferring well-drained soil and plenty of sunshine, daffodils are a top choice for Tennessee gardeners.
Irises (Iris pallid) and Others
Just as popular in gardening as the daylily, irises can be found throughout Tennessee gardens and is the official state flower. The nutrient rich soil and plentiful sun is perfect for them. Both large and small garden centers throughout Tennessee carry irises. One of the most popular is the "grape soda" iris, (Iris pallid). Organic matter is usually provided for added nutrients and drainage when planting irises.
Daylilies are grown by home gardeners, business owners and even grow wild in Tennessee. Due to their hardy nature and ability to withstand clay soil and poor drainage, they are often planted in trouble areas. They come in many colors and sizes and offer differing bloom times. Commonly used as foundation plantings along houses or walkways, it is hard to find a Tennessee house or business that does not have at least one clump of daylilies.
Nandina (Nandina domestica)
Often given the name heavenly bamboo, N. domestica is a commonly planted shrub in Tennessee gardens. A member of the barberry family, this suckering shrub is a pest in warmer areas of the North America. Nandina grows to 8 feet if given proper care and no trimming. This plant prefers well-drained moist soils that are rich in organic matter. This garden favorite provides fall color and ornamental berries.
Catalpa Tree (Catalpa speciosa)
Commonly known as the fishing worm tree, the catalpa is a popular Tennessee landscaping tree. In late spring, the catalpa produces copious amounts of showy white blossoms. When seeds begin to form, they are encased in long green and purple bean pods. This tree is the host plant to the catalpa moth. C. speciosa grows to 60 feet tall in favorable conditions.