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New to Charleston.. need some suggestions...

Posted by nikkie_in_toronto (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 20, 12 at 9:07

I have recently purchased a home in Charleston and am certainly enjoying a totally new palette of plants from what I have been used to gardening in Toronto Ontario and Cleveland Ohio. I have a small courtyard garden in Charleston, so I want to pack in whatever I can in my somewhat small space. I am working with a great landscaper though he seems that he wants to use some plant material that I personally find a bit boring and overused in the area. It is a part shade garden that gets mostly sun in the morning and some late afternoon sun. Its not a deep shade, rather an open, light shade. He wants to use a lot of podocarpus and pittosporum. Does anyone have any other suggestion? I like the callicarpa, camellias, gardenias, and various boxwoods, but I just would like some more ideas on a part/light shade plant. Thank you for your help! Nikkie

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RE: New to Charleston.. need some suggestions...

You are listing trees (camellias are trees) and shrubs and then you say that the space is small.
So, for plants(not shrubs or trees), daphne is nice, quite fragrant. Jasmine vines in particular Madison carolina jasmine, blooms all of April and May and sometimes into June, just cut it down good after it blooms.
They raised Charleston's zone number to 9, so if you are looking online or in a local nursery, remember zone 9.
You want something different, so mabey a trip to a local nursery in the spring will give you more of a selection.
Also, to put in the front of a bed, try the new "Snow in summer" jasmine. I have it and planted it in my front bed and it grows pretty good. It has 3 color leaves and is extremely attractive planted next to a dark green plant.
It is also evergreen, like the Madison jasmine.
Look up online and see pics, it is gorgeous.
Also, cannas come back here, so if you enjoy the tropical look of cannas, plant them and mulch well, they come back bigger the next year.
Welcome to South Carolina!

RE: New to Charleston.. need some suggestions...

Check out Hyams nursery on Folly Rd. I am in Upstate SC but have made day trips to Hyams to find different and unusual plants.

RE: New to Charleston.. need some suggestions...

nikki, the neat thing about a courtyard is you can get real creative with vertical gardening if you have a wall or some kind of fence you can attach interesting growing pots on.

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