The state of Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states. Close to 3,000 species of plants are native to Georgia, ranging from small wildflowers to large trees. These plants have many advantages and tend to be more resistant to environmental extremes and pests. If planted in the proper site and given minimal care, they will flourish and beautify the home landscape.

Do you want to grow vegetables but have limited space? Does your soil consist of hard clay or drains poorly? Consider using raised beds that are elevated planting areas on top of the native soil. They require minimal space, are easy to construct and maintain and have many benefits. Vegetables grown in raised beds tend to have higher yields, are easier to provide care, and use less space than traditional in ground gardens.

One of the most popular summer-flowering woody plants are the crape myrtles. They bloom profusely throughout the summer months and have minimal maintenance requirements once established.

Several landscape plants tolerate wet sites

By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Many homeowners frequently encounter areas in their landscapes that have poor drainage and are continuously wet. The excessive rain over the past year has increased the severity of this problem. Many of the most popular landscape plants decline and perish if the soil stays too wet. Most plants are unable to tolerate soil that has poor drainage because it reduces air infiltration. Since the roots require oxygen to function, the plants suffocate. Some plants can survive under these conditions, but they are stunted and susceptible to pests. Additionally, poorly drained soils can increase the likelihood of fungal root rot disease. Some plants are more adapted to wet conditions than others. Consider using them in these areas where other plant material is difficult to grow.