Summer gardening isn't always fun but with the right plants it can be easy

Butterfly native garden flowers
Posted at 6:50 AM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-29 08:42:21-04

The summer in Louisiana can be brutal.

Between the heat, the bugs, and torrential downpours simply being outside in the summer time isn't much fun, let alone spending hours in the garden.

Those hot summer days can provide beautiful colors to your garden and can do so with very little effort.

Planting the correct plants can go a long way in keeping the hours spent in the garden to a minimum. Native plants don't require extra watering or fertilizer and are also better prepared to handle the state's high heat and wet stretches.

These native flowers simply need to be put in the ground and left to flourish. The only maintenance needed is clipping the blooms once they have blossomed.

Deadheading prevents the flowers from going to seed, and instead of producing seed, the plant then puts its energy into producing more blooms.

And while the colors are certainly nice, there are more than just aesthetic benefits to these kinds of flowers.

Deep roots can help build soil health and help pull water down deeper into soil which can greatly increase drainage in your garden.

Native plants can also offer food for beneficial insects you want in the garden.

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