Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic region can be challenging. This area contains a variety of different growing environments, from piedmonts to coastal plains, with varying soil qualities and weather. Temperatures are often unpredictable, with days that can swing from below freezing to practically balmy in what seems like an instant.

Therefore, it’s important to have accurate knowledge of what plants thrive in this region. Native plants will be better suited to dealing with challenges such as unpredictable temperatures, moderate to heavy snowfall, ice, and salt spray. They are accustomed to the region’s many soil types and can handle the pressures of native wildlife and other variables.

Dwarf Crested Iris

 

These vibrant lavender flowers from the iris plant family grow well in dry soils, with full to partial sunlight. Grown in containers, they can be brought indoors when the temperature falls. They attract both bees and hummingbirds, making them not only a beautiful but also beneficial, addition to your garden.

Aromatic Aster


Aromatic aster blooms in late summer with blue and purple colorings. It is an easy-to-care-for plant, requiring only moderate moisture. Because these flowers can be planted at any time during the growing season, they are a great choice for a new container garden. It spreads quickly, so planting in a container also prevents it from overwhelming nearby species.

Virginia Bluebells

These plants produce delicate powder-blue bells every spring. They prefer partial shade and moist soils, a great choice for containers that have slow-draining bases. They require larger containers, as their roots can spread nearly two feet wide, but thrive in the mid-Atlantic environment as they receive adequate moisture and sunlight there.

Blue Sedge

Blue sedge is an ornamental grass, making it perfect for a container garden as ornamental grasses typically require little effort from you. Also known as Blue Zinger, its tall height helps to conceal unsightly areas of your deck or wherever it is you have it planted. It looks like grass but produces glowing leaves that provide an attractive edginess to your container garden.

 

Blue Mist

Blue mist is a large, upright, and clump-forming plant. It holds up well under a variety of soil conditions and can handle dry summers. It is hardy in mid-Atlantic winters and holds its blue coloring throughout the year.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan plants are so easy to grow, they are often found growing along busy roadways in this region. They attract pollinators and love the sun, making them a great choice for your backyard patio or entertainment space.

Threadleaf Blue Star


This plant lives for many years and offers fine foliage and bright blue flowers during the summer months. In the fall, it changes to a striking golden color. This variety makes it a good choice for a container, as it can be moved around to different areas of the garden or backyard, depending on its mood.

False Indigo

False indigo produces stately spikes of eggplant-colored flowers atop blue-green foliage. This perennial works nicely as a cut flower. Although it flowers slowly, it should not be crowded with other plants into the same pot. Once it develops, it needs lots of space to spread out.

Virginia Sweetspire

This compact, close-growing shrub begins its summer growth with a blanket of white flowers. These flowers smell sweet and attract all kinds of pollinators, benefiting the rest of your garden. In the fall, it produces bright red foliage that becomes even more vibrant when exposed to direct sunlight.

Indian Pink

This bright red and yellow flowering perennial grows naturally in the wooded edges and shaded woodland areas of Maryland and the surrounding region. The flowers of these plants each serve as miniature hummingbird feeders and grow best when planted in small clumps or one large mass. Although it can be tough to find this plant for sale, it works well in containers as it forms a low, foot-high ground cover in a shaded area.

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