which plants for western NC - Knowledgebase Question

Marshall, No
Question by helenottley
April 9, 2010
We have a new house in western NC. There is nothing but grass, no trees. We would like perennials, bushes and small flowering trees- plants that will attract bees, butterflies and birds. We get the sun all day as there is an open aspect all round the house.We have a 10x40 which faces east and we can put lots of plants there too - maybe an arbor. I don't know where to start - clay soil too !!

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2010


Lots of different trees, shrubs and perennials will grow in western NC. Here's a list of the most widely recommended shrubs: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/...

North Carolina State University also has a website that lists the characteristics of landscape trees that grow well in the state:

As for perennials to attract wildlife, NCSU has a list of those plants, as well: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/...

The beauty of these sites is that some of the plants have photos so you can choose which plants appeal most to you.

Clay soil can be amended with compost or other organic matter to loosen it up and make it easier for plant roots to penetrate. Start with a single planting bed, remove existing vegetation and spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the surface, digging it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then plant your plants and cover over the bare areas with a few more inches of organic matter to help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig this in and add a fresh layer. A few years of this process will turn your clay soil into rich garden loam.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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