The key to planting an early flower bed, native plants

Butterfly native garden flowers
Posted at 6:41 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 08:17:14-05

An early morning round of frost may not inspire much confidence in getting a few flowers going for the spring and summer garden, but if choosing the right flowers you can get jump on planting and giving yourself a longer blooming season.

The key to planting in the middle of a south Louisiana winter is finding native flowers, which not only will be capable of handling our mild winter with ease but also can take on our much more brutal summer months.

Plants like the Black Eyed Susan or Rattle Snake Master are perfect for getting into the ground early and could even start producing blooms in the early spring and lasting through the summer.

Native plants also carry the advantage of being relatively maintenance free since they're acclimated both to our soil, temperatures, and rain patterns.

Those early blooms will help bring in some native species of bees which will be looking for some pollen early in the season as they are typically a little more active earlier than European honey bees.

If you're interested in putting some plants in the ground try and space them out about 18 inches apart, and when planning your flower bed leave some room for plants that may need to wait a little longer before being planted.

Be sure to use cardboard to suppress any weeds that may pop up and compete with your newly planted flowers and enjoy the benefits of getting a flower bed made entirely of native plants.

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