En EspaŅol
Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Mr. Smarty Plants - Need a good plant for Clayton, NC.

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - August 23, 2012

From: clayton, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Planting, Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs
Title: Need a good plant for Clayton, NC.
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

What would be a good plant for Clayton,NC for this time of year. I would like for it to come back every year so I don't have to replant. I have several full sun areas that I need to cover in the front of the house and around my mailbox? thanks

ANSWER:


That sort of depends on what you want your plant to do this time of year; flower? produce fruit? change colors? You’ve indicated that you would like a perennial plant, so the next decision is whether you want shrubs or smaller plants (herbs).

Lets start by going to our Native Plant Database . Scroll down to our Recommend Species Lists and click on "View Recommend Species page". Click on North Carolina on the map, and you will get a list of 135 commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in North Carolina. This is too many for now, so go to the Narrow Your Search box on the right side of the screen and select North Carolina under State, shrub under Habit, and perennial under Duration. Check sun under Light requirement and dry under Soil moisture. Click the Narrow your Search button, and you will get a  list of 6 native shrubs for North Carolina landscapes. Clicking  on the scientific name of each plant will bring up its NPIN page which contains a description of the plant, its growth characteristics and requirements, and in most cases images. As you check out each plant, you can note its size, bloom time, and other features.
You can repeat the search , and this time select herb under Habit (leave all other selections the same). Clicking the Narrow Your Search button will give you a list of 9 flowering herbs for you consideration. As you become more familiar with the Database, you will find that there are several different lists that you can generate.

With a little perseverance, you will be able to pick the right plants for the right place at t he right time.
For help closer to home, you might contact the folks at the Cooperative Extension for Johnston County.

Here's a few possibilities:

Shrubs

Rhus aromatica (Fragrant sumac)

Rhus glabra (Smooth sumac)

Herbs

Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower)

Monarda fistulosa (Wild bergamot)

Coreopsis verticillata (Threadleaf coreopsis)

Rudbeckia triloba (Browneyed susan)

 

From the Image Gallery


Fragrant sumac
Rhus aromatica

Smooth sumac
Rhus glabra

Eastern purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Eastern purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Wild bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Threadleaf coreopsis
Coreopsis verticillata

Browneyed susan
Rudbeckia triloba

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Technique of using cut flowers to make paper
October 18, 2006 - Have an inquiry regarding how to locate (or if such a craft/technique exists) someone or some service that is aware of a process to take fresh-cut flowers & dry & press them into paper or onto paper t...
view the full question and answer

Fragrant perennial plants for shade in Dallas
July 11, 2011 - I am looking for shade-loving perennial plants to provide fragrance in my garden. What plants would you recommend for my North Texas (Dallas) garden that is fully shaded by huge pecan trees? My curren...
view the full question and answer

Giant Thistle-Like Plant from Elgin, TX
June 01, 2014 - I have a giant thistle like plant in my field we have been unable to identify. It looks like a milk thistle but it is short..only about a foot tall..stocky...and the flowers are giant..about 6 to 8 i...
view the full question and answer

Dietes bicolor invasive from Brisbane Australia
April 01, 2013 - We have dietes bicolor growing in our garden. I am changing the type of garden and cannot seem to kill it. I've dugged it out, spent too many weekends pulling out every new shoot, used poison, but t...
view the full question and answer

Native plants for southwest side of house in Birmingham, AL
April 18, 2009 - I would like to know what I can plant on the southwest side of my house where there is a brick foundation and is really hot in the summer. I've tried irises and day lilies-not good. Suggestions?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center