The Southeast region of the United States is comprised of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This region characteristically enjoys sunshine, warmth, summer humidity and varied degrees of winter weather conditions (depending on how far north or south you are). While evergreens and canna lilies are ubiquitous in the Carolina landscape, tropical color defines the Florida landscape. While landscape designers of this region work in mind of enhancing beauty, they also concentrate on how certain elements of Southeast landscaping can conserve energy and save you money on utilities.
Summers in the Southeast region are particularly hot and humid due to the Gulf of Mexico airflow, so air conditioners and fans send electric bills to the roof. By incorporating some architectural elements and plants to home exteriors, landscapers can help control heat. Vine covered trellises are insulating and lower temperature, while wide canopied trees shade roofs from searing sunlight. Slanted roofs can cover walls normally exposed to sun while still allowing for airflow. Hanging basket of region-hardy vegetation also shade porches and decks. Exotic orchids of the intermediate to warm growing varieties are suitable for Florida landscapes as are hardy palms such as the needle palm that clumps relatively low to let in the breeze. Alternatively, landscapers can plant trees in windy parts of the region such as North Carolina to block and shelter homes. Southeast landscapers certainly know how to beautify at the same time as conserving energy.