Colorful Native Plants to the Pittsburgh Area

We often talk about how a landscape is a well-oiled machine composed of many complex parts. One such part of your landscape is the selection of plants that you utilize to add color to your property. This is a landscape enhancement, which is used to enhance your property and add unique amenities. Those properties that possess more amenities are valued higher by potential clients and welcome their increased curb appeal. Any property that you see with an impressive landscape is sure to be full of enhancements. If you are looking for a budget-friendly way to add plant material, adding colorful native plants can be a sustainable option. Because these plants are native to the area, they require less maintenance and are much easier to source. Add color to your landscape with these colorful native plants to the Pittsburgh area.

Marsh blazing star

Marsh Blazing Star

This is an easy perennial plant option that grows to be anywhere from 2 to 5 feet in height. It blooms purple flowers and attracts local pollinators. It prefers to be planted in the full sun, with soil that contains a solid combination of nutrients and moisture. It will stay green all year long, but it will only bloom from mid to late summer. It grows in a spiky, vertical fashion, and makes for a creative addition to any landscape.

Red Oak Tree

Red Oak

If you are looking for a classic full tree to grow in your landscape, Red Oak may be the perfect Pennsylvania option. It grows in a loosely pyramidal fashion, but is very hardy overall and can survive any conditions. Foliage is green in the spring but turns into its signature red color come fall. It does better in the shade and will grow to over 70 feet at maturity. Only plant this if you would like it to become native to your lawn, as it is to Pennsylvania.



For a colorful option, Fireweed is a native plant that grows as a tall wildflower. Its name is derived from the plant’s ability to grow in an area that has been burned by fire. This plant grows spikes full of flowers, with about 50 on each spike. The color of the flower can be various shades of purple. The flowers are rich in vitamins A and C and can be used to make tea as well. This is another very unique option for any Pittsburgh landscape.

black eyed susan

Black-Eyed Susan

The last plant on our list is the state plant of Maryland but is actually native to Pennsylvania. It has become one of the most popular wildflowers in the country with its signature black and gold blossoms. It acts as a hub for pollinators, attracting all sorts of butterflies and bees. It can be used as an annual plant, and each flower can be expected to sit atop a stem that grows to be anywhere from 1 to 2 feet in height. Their leaves are covered in bristly hairs that will feel unique to the touch.

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