People in the DMV and other nearby states like to move around while staying in the same general part of the country. And no matter where you live, you never forget where you’re from. Sometimes, you want to rep your home state without plastering every inch of your house with the state flag. If you’re looking to add something new to your garden or yard and want to show a little hometown pride, plant your native state’s official flower!
Delaware: Peach Blossom
These pink and white flowers bloom from trees that can grow up to 25 feet high. Back in 1895, state officials passed an act making the Peach Blossom the official state flower because of the amazing number of peaches coming out of the state’s orchards.
Maryland: Black-Eyed Susan
Not surprisingly, the black-eyed susan is in the same family as the sunflower (the state flower of Kansas, by the way). You’ve probably seen this flower in gardens around the state and at official state ceremonies. Deer tend to stear clear of the black-eyed susan, so they’re great for any area with a large population of this pesky pest. If you love butterflies this is your plant, as the little bugs love to hang around these flowers. Plus, they love the heat.
New York: Rose
It’s not surprising that New York laid claim to our national flower as their own. The Big Apple and the U.S.A. are basically synonymous, so the shared flower makes sense. These perennials are a little testy (just like New Yorkers!) and require five to six hours of sun each day, plus well-drained soil and good air circulation.
Pennsylvania: Mountain Laurel
Back in 1933, then Governor Gifford Pinchot made one of the hardest decisions a Pennsylvania statesmen had had to make up to that point, and since. Azalea, the flowering shrub who loves shade, or the mountain laurel, the evergreen shrub with eccentric white and pink flowers. I think we all know how that one turned out.
Virginia: Flowering Dogwood
The easily recognizable white flower is ubiquitous around the Cavalier State. The tree can grow up to 40 feet tall with well-drained soil and shade. Usually used ornamentally, the flowering dogwood usually grows wider than tall, and can provide a lot of shade to an overly sunny yard.
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