NC Zoo Growing Low Maintenance Plants

10 Nov

While strolling through the North Carolina Zoo, take note of all of the plants appealing to you. Most likely these types of flora are low maintenance and can be grown in your area or zone with little effort. All of the plant material suggested here should be installed in the backyards or rear gardens. These shrubs and perennials do not look great year round because they are deciduous.


The plant with yellow flowers above is a perennial, small in size called Coreopsis verticillata “Moonbeam”. This is a great plant for summer blooms and a fine, delicate texture flowering from June till frost. This little pretty is incredibly drought tolerate and can be divided every year to share with friends and family. In 1993 “Moombeam” Coreopsis won the perennial plant of the year.


Another low maintenance plant for residential landscapes are Buddleia or Butterfly Bush.


Butterfly Bushes are huge shrubs reaching to a height of 10 feet. Some other varieties may be more on the dwarf size, but I would recommend giving them enough space to spread out. Butterflies love this plant and it comes in an array of colors like; purple, dark violet, lilac, blue, white, pink, yellow and bi-color. Do not plant close to your stone patio or deck because bees love this one too.

Joe-pye weed or the botanical name, Eupatorium maculatum “Gateway” is not actually a weed, it’s a perennial.


It is not the prettiest perennial but attracts a large number of butterflies. Another wonderful trait of this plant is prolific blooming in August and September when not many plants are. It grows in part sun and loves a boggy or wet soil, great selection for pond side. It will need to be staked or lean on a fence or structure.

If you have taken a photograph of your favorites plants at the North Carolina Zoo and need help on identification, let me help you out.

Have fun at the Zoo and be sure to take pictures of the beautiful flora along with your favorite animals. These plants will proper in Greensboro Gardens and the Piedmont Triad area landscapes.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation

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Posted by on November 10, 2008 in Favorite Plants, Greensboro Gardens


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One response to “NC Zoo Growing Low Maintenance Plants

  1. Rick Rosenshein

    November 22, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Great blog, photos and articles. Very informative. Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work. Rick


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