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.

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Great info for the plant/garden lover who is relocating to New Orleans!
Feb 07, 2008 03:24 PM #1
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Georgie Hunter
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What a great post - but... what's a satsuma? That's not even one of our goofy graphic words here.
Feb 07, 2008 05:33 PM #2
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I want FIGS!!!!:-) I used to pick them at my great aunt's house, and if they were the dark purple variety, i always thought that they had worms inside... The little white thingies floating in them look so like little wormies.... But, my god, they taste sooooo good!!! Hmmm. I'll trade you cactus pears for some FIGS!!!:-)

PS: great localism post, btw!

Feb 07, 2008 06:32 PM #3
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Great post for the gardener!  (And a good reminder that it's about time for me to update my garden club website.)
Feb 07, 2008 06:46 PM #4
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Sally, thanks!

Georgina, a satsuma is a citrus fruit, kind of like a small orange, but they peel sooooo easily and have very few seeds in them.  They are my favorite citrus and my kids go through sacks of them each fall!

Inna, I haven't had any homemade fig preserves in years (since my grandmother passed away), but I do remember getting in trouble for picking them off of the tree before they were ripe :)

Margaret, thank you...I'd love to see your site!

Feb 07, 2008 07:11 PM #5
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Lisa, Great  post!  Hmmm, I love figs too and satsumas!!!   Aaaahhhhh, Azaleas are sooo beautiful in the Spring and they grow so well in and around the New Orleans area!  My Aunt had Camellias grow as tall as her house (1-story) and in the winter they were covered with beautiful flowers.  :)
Feb 07, 2008 07:15 PM #6
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Judi, my camellias are blooming now and I had 8 flowers on my Louisiana Iris plant today!
Feb 07, 2008 07:17 PM #7
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Lisa, I cannot even imagine having those beautiful flowers all year! You're very lucky in that lovely town of yours to have such terrific weather--I would not miss the snow and certainly not the ice!
Feb 07, 2008 08:46 PM #8
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Carole, the iris' in the picture are in my front yard right now!  I wouldn't know what to do if there wasn't something blooming all year.
Feb 07, 2008 08:50 PM #9
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I have snowball magnolias, azaleas, and camellias in bloom now. Mandeville stays a little cooler, so my flowers should be in step behind yours. I look forward to my iris' blooming soon. Then the jasmine and gardenias that will follow in the late spring- they smell wonderful. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate things. Always having something in bloom- another thing to love about LA!

We also go through bags and bags of satsumas- I wish they were available all year.

Feb 08, 2008 11:36 AM #10
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Lisa Heindel
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Amy, thanks for stopping in - I love that we can always have flowers, even in the winter, such as it is here :)
Feb 08, 2008 03:35 PM #11
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Kathy Passarette
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Lisa ~ I love gardening!  However, some years I am happy to have the break that winter gives me from pulling weeds, cutting back, planting and mulching.  I am jealous, however, at some of the things you would get to grow your way that would probably just be an annual for us here in the Northeast.
Feb 08, 2008 06:31 PM #12
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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.
Feb 08, 2008 07:19 PM #13
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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!
Feb 10, 2008 06:31 AM #14
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Lisa Heindel
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Adam, thank you for those kind words.  I love my city and want share that with others!
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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
Feb 21, 2008 09:03 PM #16
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Thanks, Mirela.  I'm heading over to check out the group now...
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