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Gardening in Little Rock, AR
Arkansas is a hotbed of unique and amazing native plant life, and Little Rock is the perfect place to enjoy them all. Small lawns and garden plots are vital habitat sources in residential locales and keeping them in tip-top shape is essential not only to homeowners but to the environment as well. Gardeners and lawn lovers in Little Rock, AR choose plants native to the state because they grow well, are easy to maintain, and are noninvasive, a secret not everyone realizes.
The False Indigo Bush, Trout Lily, Blue Sage, Bermuda Grass, Sparkleberry, and the Sharp Wing Monkey Flower are all native to Arkansas and are often seen in area yards and gardens. These fascinating plants have several benefits to the environment and local inhabitants.
False Indigo Bush
The False Indigo Bush is a flowering shrub that can grow over 10-feet tall. It has bright green, oval-shaped leaves with tiny bell-shaped flowers that grow in a fashion similar to a corncob. They thrive in limestone soils that are rich and moist.
Many residents of Little Rock plant these hardy shrubs to serve as windbreakers. They also thwart soil erosion. False Indigo is a natural pesticide. Pustules on the plant stem release amorpha, which insects hate. The stems also make excellent bedding material. The word "indigo" in the name represents the small amount of blue pigment the plant contains. It can even be used to make a blue dye.
These early-blooming perennials love deep, moist, loamy soil. They are often used as a ground cover because they spread so quickly using their underground root system. The stems, bulbs, and leaves have been used for centuries to treat sore muscles and sprains.
Trout Lilies flower from March to April and reach a height of just over seven inches. The flowers have long, silken petals with brightly colored antlers and sepals. The dark green leaves are thick and elongated. The yellow variety, in particular, is native to Arkansas.
This two-foot-tall evergreen shrub has a pleasant smell and mild flavor. It thrives in sunny spots where it can bush out. Blue Sage has teardrop-shaped grayish-green leaves with blue horn-like blooms in the early summer months. Also called Cleveland Sage, this perennial plant is used for cooking but makes a lovely landscaping addition to any yard. Its dainty blue blooms rival any flowering plant.
Blue Sage has been a popular choice for landscaping since the 1940s, but it is also a strong antiseptic. It can be used as a mouthwash or in a poultice for scrapes and cuts. Ancient civilizations used it as a deodorant as well as to treat menopause and menstruation symptoms.
Bermuda Grass is by far the most popular choice for lawns in Little Rock. It's also a common choice for area golf courses, athletic fields, and commercial areas. It is a very sun-loving, warm-season grass that grows best in the tropical and subtropical climates. It grows well from seed; a bonus for most lawn owners.
Bermuda Grass is a perennial and can grow as tall as a foot if not well-maintained. Even when freshly cut it is soft and emits a mild fresh smell. Historically it has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments including hypertension, hysteria, treatment for cuts and scrapes, dysentery.
The Sparkleberry is a blueberry plant named for its shiny, brilliant fruit. They grow best in sunny areas that have dry, sandy soil. They can be almost tree-like with their strong, woody stems that grow as tall as five feet. The fruit has a dry, slightly sweet taste and is often used in jams and jellies. All parts of the plant have medicinal value and can be used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, and sore throats.
They aren't always easy to grow but are in high demand as garden and landscape shrubs. They stay colorful and vibrant all year round. Another fun benefit is the attraction of several butterfly species as well as birds and animals.
Sharp Wing Monkey Flower
This Snapdragon-like flower loves wet, marshy soil and partial sun. The small, bluish-violet flowers have wide floppy petals that resemble a monkey's face. Strangely, they have no floral scent. It grows quickly and dies fast compared to others of its ilk. People who enjoy a change in scenery in their yards love to use this plant with others that have a short grow span.
This flower has long been used as an effective treatment for anxiety. It can be inhaled as an essential oil, dropped under the tongue as an extract, or rubbed into the skin as a cream. They attract Bumblebees and various pollinators and are perfect for use around ponds and in wet areas. It is so tolerant of wet soil that it can withstand flooding conditions in most cases.
The beauty of Little Rock's flora and fauna is undeniable. The only downside is it takes a lot of time and effort to keep your yard full of these native plants looking its best. Fortunately, you have us. We are Lawn Love, and we love your Little Rock, AR, lawn as much as you do.
Lawn Love works with experienced lawn care professionals specializing in trimming, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, weeding, and everything lawncare. It takes a lot of cash to get a yard looking great. Why let it all go to waste because you don't have time to take care of it? Even if you are leaving for the weekend, a lack of lawn care can destroy your entire investment.
Getting started couldn't be easier. It takes just a few minutes to input your zip code into our website and get your quote. The cool part is that you choose only the services you need and schedule a time that is convenient for you. We do the rest.
Lovely yards are often the scene of the neighborhood's best parties. We are great at coming in a few days prior and spiffing up the yard before the big event. Even if you love spending time on your yard, there may be times when your schedule doesn't allow. Let us help keep your yard as beautiful as you've designed it.