Have you been searching for a plant to add beauty to your southern Mississippi landscape? We have listed award-winning plants evaluated by the MNLA. Each plant is a proven success throughout Mississippi. While also bringing vibrance and a splash of color to your southern landscape.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
If you’re a hydrangeas lover, you will fall head over heels for the ‘Limelight’ hydrangea. The Limelight hydrangea is one of the most popular types of Panicle Hydrangea. That grows all across the United States. These large bushes grow to be about 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide. They start off a lime green color, which is a perfect accent for hot summer days. As the blooms age, they turn to hues of cream, pink, red, and burgundy. Making them perfect for fresh flower arrangements no matter the season. The panicle flower heads can grow up to 12 inches long! ‘Limelight’ plants should have some shade in the hot Mississippi summers. Pruning may be needed in the late winter, but will not affect the new season’s flowers.
Gulf muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
This grass is also known as hair grass or pink muhly. Gulf muhly grass is ornamental grass that looks lovely yet will not spread and become a nuisance. It grows best with moist, well-drained soil in direct sunlight. Fully grown it is about 3 feet tall and wide. Gulf muhly grass creates huge, airy flowers during the late summer and fall. These flowers look beautiful moving with the evening breeze.
Frostproof gardenia (Gardenia Agusta)
Frostproof gardenias are best known as the Grace Of the South. They get their name because of their frost hardiness. They hold their blooms after a frost! This flower is also more insect and disease-resistant than older varieties. They are compact shrubs with milk-white petals that are soft and incredibly fragrant. Frostproof gardenias grow to be 4-5 feet tall with dark green foliage. If you like low-maintenance flowers Frostproof gardenias could be a great match for you. They usually never need pruning and thrive in full to partial sun exposure. They prefer moist, well-drained soil.
Snowflake oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Brido’)
Snowflake oakleaf hydrangea is the perfect plant to give your landscape a pop of color. They get their name from the white flowers looking like magnified snowflakes. The double flowers bloom in midsummer and keep growing white petals throughout the season. As the flowers mature they turn pink creating a two-tone effect. These shrubs can grow to more than a foot long and 5-8 feet tall.
Indian Summer’ black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’)
Indian Summer’ black-eye Susans are perfect for flower lovers of Mississippi. They grow to be 2-3 feet tall and bloom eye-catching golden yellow blossoms that are 6-9 inches across. This prairie plant will often bloom from June until September. It can successfully grow in a variety of conditions. They are often tolerant of heat and drought but thrive in overly wet soil. Indian Summer black-eye will reseed itself and naturalize in optimal sites.
Knock Out rose (Rosa ‘Radrazz’)
The Knock Out Rose has a reputation around the United States for being a favored low-maintenance shrub. Unlike other shrubs, it does not need pruning or pest and disease treatments. From fall to spring they bloom bright cherry-red flowers. During the colder months, the flowers turn orange-red. Knock Out Roses thrive in full sun and don’t crowd other rose bushes. To learn how to properly care for and plant the Knock Out Rose click here.
Chinese snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum)
Viburnum macrocephalum offers big, pom pom clusters of snowy-white flowers in late spring. The flowers bloom on a rounded, shrub that can grow to be 15 feet tall and wide. The flowers do not produce fruit. Chinese snowballs are grown in full sun or partial shade and need moist, well-drained soil.
Krauter Vesuvius’ cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’)
Add a splash of color to your landscape with the petite cherry plum tree. Light pink blossoms cover the branches in early spring. Soon after dark leaves appear and mature to a dark reddish-purple. ‘Krauter Vesuvius’ has the darkest red foliage of the cherry plums. This tree thrives in full sun and prefers moist, well-drained soil.
How Do I Choose?
If you are still having difficulty choosing what to plant in your landscape give us a call! Lawn Jox are the landscaping experts of southern Mississippi. We help our clients make informed decisions before planting. We specialize in residential and commercial landscape maintenance. As well as tree and shrub care, lawn pest control and more! Contact us for your instant quote today!