New Orleans, LA: A Gardener's Dream

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Crescent City Living LLC

Relocating to a new climate can be a shock to many, especially those who love their gardens.  If I ever moved to the north, dealing with ice and snow would be difficult, at best, and the shorter growing seasons would definitely present a challenge.  I'm used to being able to get fresh, locally grown produce every week at a local farmer's market or fruit and vegetable stand.  If you are a gardener relocating to New Orleans, you will be both pleased and amazed at the variety you can grow here in southeastern Louisiana.

Since our winters are fairly mild, there is a year round growing season in the New Orleans area.  Interested in planting a vegetable garden?  The LSU  Agricultural Center has a great guide to Louisiana vegetable gardens, with a planting schedule to keep you in fresh produce each and every month.   Traditional southern ingredients such as okra, tomatoes, peppers and more are perfectly suited to grow in the garden or even in containers.

 

lemons

 

The region also provides a great environment for citrus trees, evidenced by the many citrus farms in Plaquemines Parish, on the West Bank of New Orleans.  Limes, lemons, oranges and satsumas are right at home, with little risk of freeze damage most winters.  I love my orange and lemon trees in my backyard and check them regularly to be sure I get the freshest fruit from them.  Fig trees also grow quite well in New Orleans and some of my fondest memories are of picking in my grandmother's backyard for her to make preserves from.  Yum!

 

 

Iris

 

If you prefer flowers to vegetable gardening, the vast variety of native and tropical plants that flourish in southeast Louisiana is incredible.  Camellias to brighten up the winter garden, hibiscus that grow taller than a single story home in just a few weeks, iris plants with buds almost year round and japanese magnolias that bloom before spring has sprung are just a few of the wonderful opportunities for growing flowers or flowering trees in New Orleans.  The show that the azaleas put on in front gardens throughout the area each spring is awesome and makes the homes look so colorful and inviting.

A gentle reminder to be aware that a relocation from a colder zone will mean leaving some of your garden favorites behind.  Our sub tropical climate and high summer temperatures in southern Louisiana are just too much for many delicate northern flowers to handle.  Have fun and enjoy your new gardening opportunities in the Crescent City!

 

More Louisiana gardening resources:

Interested in learning more about relocating to New Orleans?  Feel free to give me a call at (504) 616-6262 or email me at lisa@lisaheindelsells.com.  As a native New Orleanian, I'll be happy to help you settle in to your new city.

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When buying or selling a home on the West Bank of New Orleans or relocating to the New Orleans West Bank, you deserve local expertise and advice. Lisa Heindel provides full time, professional real estate services to buyer, sellers and military transferees in Algiers, Algiers Point, Belle Chasse, Gretna, Terrytown, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego and more.

Copyright 2008. Lisa Heindel, All rights reserved.

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Kathy, it works in reverse too!  There are some beautiful flowers that just can't tolerate our summer heat that I would love to have in my garden.  However, I just have to admire them in books and magazines.
February 08, 2008 07:19 PM
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Adam Waldman
Realtor - Long Island
Westcott Group Real Estate Company
LISA - You do such a good job of showing people why New Orleans is a great place to live.  I like that you shared your personal story about your days at your grandmother's house.  Great post!
February 10, 2008 06:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Adam, thank you for those kind words.  I love my city and want share that with others!
February 10, 2008 09:13 AM
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Mirela Monte
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I like your blogs! Your pictures are great and you tell a story well. Please join me in our new club - TravelingRainers and post some of your blogs about New Orleans and maybe even about some traveling adventures. You have been officially "TT'd" (Tagged for Travel). http://activerain.com/groups/TravelingRainers
February 21, 2008 09:04 PM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
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Thanks, Mirela.  I'm heading over to check out the group now...
February 21, 2008 09:20 PM
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