10 Best Landscape Plants in New Orleans
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When choosing the perfect plant, of course there really is no such thing as the perfect plant. Plants are living things, and each one of them is imperfect in their own way, adding character and charm to the landscape. Finding the perfect plant begins with finding the right plant for the right place.
3 easy steps to picking the right landscape plants in New Orleans
Understanding the amount of sunlight a plant requires, selecting a plant that serves the purpose and being aware of its care requirements. These are the ingredients to selecting the right plants every time.
1. Amount of Sunlight
3. Care Requirements
10 Landscape Plants in New Orleans
Echeveria- is a wonderful succulent that tolerate our the mild winters and blazing hot summers.
Best Use: Container Planting
Care: Water 1 per week
Diamond Frost- is member of the Euphorbia family and is almost bullet proof in our environment.
Best Use: Hanging Baskets or Raise Planters
Care: Water daily and needs granular time release fertilizer
Snow Princess Alyssum - is a member of the lobularia family. Grows 12 months as a cascading perennial in New Orleans
Best Use: Raised beds
Care: water 4 times per week. Well drained soil in New Orleans
Camellia Japonica - wondering lush flowering evergreen shrub native to New Orleans landscapes.
Best Use: Specimen Planting
Care: Fertilize and Clean fallen flower blossoms to reduce disease
East Palatka Holly- beautiful holly screening tree that compliments New Orleans neighborhoods.
Best Use: Privacy Screening between properties.
Care: Prune once per year to maintain shape when dormant.
Encore® Autumn Angel Azalea- multi-blooming white azalea.
Best Use: Fondations planting
Care: Watch for Lace bugs and iron deficiency
Wintergreen Boxwood - a boxwood that remains green all winter long.
Best Use: Border Planting
Care: Weekly pruning and fertilize 4 times per year
Eugenia - great fast growing topiary for focal areas.
Best Use: Entrance containers and focal planting
Care: Water 4 times per week. Watch for insects infestations.
Dipladenias - tropical flowering plant with takes harsh conditions.
Best Use: Flowering full sun areas
Care: Water 4-5 times per week. Cover if temperatures drop below 29 degrees
Agapanthus - beautiful flowering perennial that is a New Orleans landscape staple.
Best Use: Mass planting in raised beds
Care: Water daily until established.
Best Plant Resource in Metairie and New Orleans
A few years ago, Dan Gill wrote an article about choosing the right plants for summer in New Orleans. You can find more information about he point of view here
. Another great resource is the LSUagcenter which has a booklet about the bedding plants for the New Orleans and Metairie area. Find more information out about the best bedding plants by visiting here
. Lee Cutrone from the Gambit wrote about tips for sprucing up your garden and you can read more about it here.