Clicks & Mortar

A Real Estate Blog - Est. 2009

Bloom Bloom Pow: Flowers and Shrubs to Plant this Summer

S is for Summertime…and Shrubbery! S is not for flowers, but in the summer, I always think of them too. Days on days of sunshine are ahead for Georgia, meaning it’s the perfect time “spruce” up your home’s landscape. Whether you’re inactive in the real estate market, looking to sell your home soon, or are in the process of selling your home, maintaining your home’s curb appeal is beneficial to everyone!

Curb Appeal is Key

Not surprisingly, buyers interested in your neighborhood will heavily consider the outdoor façade of homes in the area, whether consciously or unconsciously. So, you want your home to be a heartthrob. Dress it up so that people passing by will fall in love at first sight! The better the impression you AND your neighbors make, the better your real estate investment becomes as the value of your home increases.

What to Plant

So where can you start your home exterior makeover this summer? By getting outside in this gorgeous weather, breaking a little sweat, and planting some new shrubbery and greenery! Whether you’re looking for plants to fill a container, edge a garden, line a walkway, or accent the curvature of your home, there are a number of low maintenance flowers and shrubs (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) that love Georgia summers. In other words, they can take the heat!

Angalonia
Light: Full Sun
Moisture/Soil: little moisture needed
Flower Colors: Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, White
Blooming Season(s): Year-Round
Special Features: identical twin of snapdragons (which only bloom in the fall), vertical growth

Caladiums
Light: Filtered Sunlight
Moisture/Soil: moist soil
Foliage Color: Green exterior and red interior with white accents
Blooming Season(s): Summer and Fall
Special Features: large, broad leaves shaped like hearts; the redder the leaves, the more sun they can take; fast growers; best to plant right after Mother’s Day        

Crossandra
Light: Full Sun
Moisture: moist soil
Flower Colors: Orange
Blooming Season(s): Summer and Fall (reblooming)
Special Features: shiny, dark green foliage; scientific name means “Orange Marmalade” to describe the color of their tropical-looking blooms

Cuphia (Mexican Heather)
Light: Full Sun
Moisture/Soil: moist soil
Flower Colors: Red, Pink, Orange, White
Blooming Season(s): Summer and Fall
Special Features: exotic, tropical looking blooms that look like the face of a mouse or bat; attract birds

Lantana
Light: Full Sun
Moisture/Soil: drought tolerant, little moisture needed
Flower Colors: Red, Pink, Orange, Blue, and White
Blooming Season(s): Summer and Fall
Special Features: attract birds and butterflies, fragrant (citrus smell)

Portulaca
Light: Full Sun
Moisture/Soil: drought tolerant, little moisture/dry soil
Flower Colors: Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, White
Blooming Season(s): Summer
Special Features: large, semi-double blooms that close in the dark and the shade; can tolerate salty or sandy soil

Compacta Holly (shrub)
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade (more sun)
Moisture/Soil: average moisture, well-drained clay
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Special Features: great southern alternative to boxwoods because they love the sun and are disease resistant; perfect for Japanese-themed gardens

Encore Azalea (shrub)
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade (more sun)
Moisture/Soil: average moisture; well-drained, acidic clay
Flower Color: Red, Pink, White
Blooming Season(s): Summer and Fall
Special Features: great southern alternative to regular azaleas because they like more sun and bloom three times a year (versus once)

Florida Sunshine Anise (shrub)
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture/Soil: moist soil
Foliage Color: Chartreuse/Lime Green, Yellow/Gold, and Cream
Special Features: tiny white blossoms in the Spring; foliage changes color with the season; licorice fragrance

Special shoutout to Andrew at the Lindbergh (South Buckhead) Pike Nursery and my beautiful momma for their landscape expertise!

Now get your garden on, and let Clickscape take care of the rest!