Take a walk through the Georgia countryside, through the meadows and by the woods, swamps and riverbanks and you will observe flowers growing in their natural habitat. Gardeners in all areas of the state, city and country alike, can grow these flowers and create their own natural Georgia garden.
Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) is also known as showy partridge-pea and beeflower. The plant grows from 2 to 4 feet tall and have compound leaves made up of eight to 14 pairs of small leaflets. Its 1-inch yellow flowers bloom from May to October. Plant partridge pea in full sun and a moist, well-drained soil. Butterflies will stop by for the flowers' nectar.
Whitemouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) is also known as widow's tears, day flower and white-mouth dayflower. The plant has jointed stems that cannot stand erect, grow up to 3 feet long and lie on the ground. The blue-white flowers measure about 1 inch across and grow in clusters at the top of the branches. Each flower will only bloom for one day, with another one blooming 3 or 4 days later from May through October. Plant whitemouth dayflower in partial shade and a dry, sandy soil. The seeds are a favorite with birds, and deer will eat the plant.
Climbing hydrangea (Decumaria barbara) is a vine that grows up to 30 feet long with dark-green round or oval leaves that turn green and white in the fall. The white flowers grow in clusters at the top of the stems from May through October and are followed by urn-shaped seed capsules. The plant has to be allowed to climb in order to produce flowers. Plant climbing hydrangea in partial shade and a rich, moist soil.
Clasping coneflower (Dracopis amplexicaulis) is also known as clasping-leaf coneflower. The plant grows from 2 to 3 feet tall with inch-long yellow cone-shaped flowers blooming at the tips of the stems. The vine features heart-shaped leaves that clasp the base of the stems. Plant clasping coneflower in partial shade and moist soil.
Dwarf witchalder (Fothergilla gardenii) is also known as dwarf witch-alder and dwarf fothergilla. The plant grows up to 3 feet tall with dense, green leaves that turn yellow or red in the fall. The white flowers appear before the leaves, growing in clusters at the tips of the stems in April and May. Plant dwarf witchalder in partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
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