by Cassie Steele
Northwest Indiana is the perfect place to live if you have green fingers. From planned county garden walks to gardening events for children and families, there are lots of cool gardening events to check out – and there are also lots of wonderful native plants that you can grow in your garden. Indiana is also the 38th most patriotic state in the US, which means you can get a lot of great ideas for your outdoor space if you’d like to make it a bit more patriotic. Read on to find out more.
Decorate Your Garden With A Bald Eagle
The bald eagle has been the symbol for the US since 1782, and they have lots of admirable traits. The birds are strong hunters who can live for up to 38 years, and they mate for life. They are also very majestic creatures, so they can definitely add some patriotism to your backyard.
You can buy cast stone or metal bald eagle statues to add to the edges of your garden to show some American pride – just make sure to buy a statue that was made in the US so that you are also supporting the American economy.
Add Some Native American Plants
Native Indiana plants are perfect for your garden as they will require less water, less fertilizer and fewer pesticides than plants that aren’t originally from the area. This is because the plants are already well suited to the weather and the soil in Northwest, so they will thrive without too much effort, and there are lots of different trees, shrubs and flowers to choose from.
One popular option is the beautiful, colorful Red Maple tree, and there are also a few evergreens to choose from, including the Eastern Arborvitae and the Eastern Red Cedar. Native shrubs and flowering plants include the Southern Arrowwood, the Prickly Ash, the Redbud, the Blue Wild Indigo and the Butterfly Weed. All of these plants are very beautiful, and you can combine them together to create a varied garden with lots of durable plants that will thrive with minimal effort on your behalf.
As you can see, it’s not that hard to make your garden look patriotic. However, if you’d like to add more colors, like blues and reds, you can always opt for the American flag, which remains a classic item. And remember, it doesn’t have to be 4th of July for you to design a patriotic garden – you can do it any time of the year.
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