Gardening in Georgia means choosing plants that grow well in hardiness zones 6 through 8. Flowering plants often have different sun requirements in the South than the North, so always check the cultivar and label to ensure that you're planting in the correct environment.
Shepherd’s needles come from the aster/daisy family, and are botanically known as Bidens alba. The plant is also known as Spanish needles, butterfly needles, beggarticks and hairy beggarticks. It is an easy-to-grow, short-lived perennial that attracts butterflies. The plant grows 1 to 4 feet tall with 1 to 5 inch long leaves and 1 inch wide flowers in clusters. Blooms are white and daisy-like. Plant shepherd’s needles in rich, moist soil in full sun. Propagate via seed or cuttings.
Bear’s breech comes from the acanthus family of plants and is botanically known as Acanthus mollis. It is also known as artist’s acanthus and Grecian pattern plant. This perennial grows 5 feet tall. Leaves are 3 feet long with white, pink or purple flowers on stalks. Plant a bear’s breech in loose soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via cuttings or seed.
Formosa lily is botanically known as Lilium formosanum. It is also known as the August lily, the Taiwan lily or the Philippine lily. It is a fragrant, easy-to-grow perennial that grows 6 to 7 feet tall. Leaves are dark green and 3 to 8 inches long with clusters of white, trumpet-like flowers that are 5 to 8 inches long. Plant a Formosa lily in full sun in moist, acidic soil. Propagate via bulb division or seed.
Culver’s root comes from the figwort family of plants and is botanically known as Veronicastrum virginicum. Also known as blackroot, this perennial attracts butterflies and grows 4 to 7 feet high and 2 to 4 feet wide. Leaves are 2 to 4 inches long and lance-like, while flowers grow on 8 inch long terminal spikes. Blooms are white, blue or pink. Plant a culver’s root in full sun to partial shade in moist or dry soils. Propagate via seed or division.
Sweet alyssum is a member of the cabbage family of plants and is botanically known as Lobularia maritime. This fragrant perennial is often grown as an annual. It grows under 9 inches tall with 1 inch long narrow leaves and white, pink or purple flowers in terminal clusters. Plant a sweet alyssum in light soil with full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed.
Opium poppy is botanically known as Papaver somniferum. It is a fast-growing annual that grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Leaves are blue-green and 3 to 6 inches long. Flowers are 4 inches wide and mauve, pink, white, purple or red. Plant an opium poppy in full sun or with afternoon shade in well-drained soil. Propagate via seed.
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