For property owners in Indiana who want to have a beautiful but low-maintenance landscape, this can be achieved through using native plants. These are the plants that have been around for a long time and thrive in our local environment.

Because native plants have already adapted to the area, they require less maintenance than other species. Aside from requiring less watering, they also do not need much fertilizer. Some of the native plants that you can add to your landscape include smooth hydrangea, black-eyed Susan, trumpet honeysuckle, wild geranium, and smooth aster. Read on to find out more about these native plants.

1. Smooth Hydrangea

Smooth hydrangea up close in Westfield, IN.

Smooth hydrangea is also known as wild hydrangea, and while you can see it grow in warm climates, it is also winter hardy growing in zones 3-9. This flower must be planted in nutrient-rich and moist soil that is slightly acidic. They produce big beautiful clusters of white blooms and can grow 3-6ft tall.

They can survive in full sun but they would need a lot more watering. Plant them in a place where they are in shade during mid to late afternoon.

2. Black-eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan flowers in Carmel, IN.

This is one of the most popular wildflowers in the country, typically blooming between June and September. They look similar to a daisy, with the sizes of the flowers ranging from 2-3 inches and can reach a height over 3ft tall. A variety of insects are attracted to this flower including butterflies and bees because of the flower's sweet nectar.

Make sure to plant them in moist, well-drained soil, but they can still grow even if the soil has a poor condition. These flowers love the sun, but they can still be planted in a place with partial sun. They tolerate drought pretty well. If the weather is hot and humid, make sure they are in an area with good air circulation, to prevent mildew.

3. Trumpet Honeysuckle

Trumpet Honeysuckle in Westfield, IN.

The trumpet honeysuckle is a twining vine that grows in well-drained neutral to acidic soil conditions. It produces trumpet-shaped flowers that are red and orange. This flowering vine blooms during mid-spring and is often non-fragrant. This vine can reach up to 15 feet in length and flowers best in full sun but can be grown in partially shaded areas as well.

Trumpet honeysuckles attract many types of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, hummingbirds.

4. Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium flowers in Fishers, IN.

Another flower that is native to Indiana is the wild geranium. This perennial can thrive in various conditions but does really well when planted in partial to full shade. This pretty flower blooms from March through July with colors ranging from white to pink to lavender. When Wild Gernamiums are fully grown they range from 1-2 ft in height and the diameter of the flower is 1-1.5 inches.

5. Smooth Aster

Smooth Aster flower in Noblesville, IN.

The Smooth Aster is another hardy plant that starts blooming in late summer and throughout the fall. Its violet-blue flowers with a yellow center can spread up to 2 feet and grow to a height of 4 feet. This flower is best grown in full sun or morning sun with afternoon shade.

Asters also attract lots of pollinators like bees and butterflies including Monarchs that are migrating.

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Aside from native plants, there are also many annual flowers that can add pops of color to your landscape. Annuals are also low-maintenance compared to perennials. Plus, so many of these flowers, like begonias and snapdragons, for example, actually come in many colors.

Call us today at (317) 900-7151 to know more about our annual flowers and seasonal color installation services. We offer this service to residential and commercial properties in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and surrounding areas in Indiana.