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Looking for plants that will bring your landscaping vision to life while also surviving and thriving in the unpredictable Indiana weather?
Using plants that are native to Indiana can ensure your lawn and garden is well prepared to survive the changing temperatures and varied rainfall. More often than not, these plants are used to surviving with minimal human interventionーmaking them the perfect low-maintenance additions to your outdoor space. By using these plants in your landscaping, you can rest assured they are ready for whatever Indiana has to throw at them!
We’ve compiled a list of five Indiana native plants native that can spruce up your lawn and garden this year.
The purple coneflower is a popular perennial plant that brings a splash of color to your yard. These flowers usually bloom in late spring and early summer and maintain their beautiful pink and purple blooms for around two months. With the right care, they can reach up three to five feet tall and will occasionally rebloom in the fall.
Purple coneflowers are drought resistantーmaking them a perfect low-maintenance addition to any garden. Once they are established, rainfall should be enough to keep them watered. They thrive in well-drained soil but can survive in dry soil as well. These flowers require at least six hours of sunlight a day, so keep them out of the shade as much as possible.
The American Cranberry is a great addition for anyone looking for a versatile plant. In late May, it blooms white flowers surrounded by green foliage. However, from September through February, these blooms turn into brightly colored berries ranging from yellow to burgundyーwith the foliage following suit. These shrubs can grow up to twelve inches tall and can spread just as wide.
American Cranberry shrubs prefer moist and well-drained soil. Once established, you can rely on rainfall to water them. These shrubs require at least four hours of direct sunlight a dayーmeaning they can be planted in partial shade.
Hollyhock flowers are perfect if you are looking for something with a little more height. These flowers can reach an impressive height of three to eight feet tall if given the proper care. The blooms on their lengthy blue-green stems can vary in color and can be found in yellow, blue, white, and pink. These flowers bloom from June to August and will usually do so starting at the base of the stem and working their way up.
Hollyhock flowers can be more high-maintenance. Due to their height and structure, they require protection from the wind, and they occasionally will need something to grow against such as the side of a building or a fence. These flowers prefer rich and well-drained soil, but they can also thrive in clay soil. They do not, however, do well in wet winter soil. Once their roots have been established, rainfall will take care of the watering. Hollyhocks need at least six hours of sunlight, but like some of the other Indiana native plants mentioned—they can be partially shaded if need be.
Also known as the butterfly milkweed, the butterfly weed is exactly what you need if you are wanting to attract this flower’s namesake! This plant can grow one to two feet tall and blooms in clusters of yellow-orange flowers in the late spring to late summer. It may take some time for these flowers to bloom when you first plant them—but when they do, they are easy to maintain and take care of.
Much like the purple coneflower, the butterfly weed is able to survive in drought-like conditions. It prefers dry, sandy, or rock-like soil and does not require much watering once it has been established. To keep things on the drier side, this plant requires six or more hours of direct sunlight and no shade.
Cinnamon ferns can fill in space and create a green backdrop to contrast the colors of your other plants. This plant’s large green fronds help it reach up to five feet tall and two to three feet wide. It was named after the cinnamon-brown plumes that are found in the center of the vase-like structure.
Cinnamon ferns naturally grow near stream beds. As such, they love wet soil and grow well when placed near a water source or feature. If you place them in a drier area, be sure they are regularly watered so their soil remains wet. These ferns also prefer the coolness of the shade and do not require direct sunlight.
Whether you are starting from scratch or updating your current design, using Indiana native plants will not only help your lawn and garden look great but also ensure your landscape survives the changing weather! For more information on what plants might fit your yard best or where to find them, contact your local garden center.
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