hydrangeaA look out at the brilliant Lowcountry scenery gives us a better outlook on life!  Hilton Head Island is colored with nature’s finest vegetation and tinted with warmth. This remarkable presentation of tropical plant life has been replicated by paintbrush, duplicated with cameras, and transferred to countless photos and artwork. Yet the canvas that paints our life is revealed every day through the glass windows of Hilton Head Homes. The original, detailed landscape cultivated by sunbeams and highlighted with bursts of color is a priceless luxury, creating an irreplaceable backdrop for genuine Lowcountry living.
The choreography of topography begins with planning and selection. Observe the sunlight, and notice the locations of shade, partial shade, full sun, and watering options. Local nurseries offer a wealth of tips. On a quiet weekday, you can have all your questions answered and a healthy selection of foliage ready to bloom where it is planted. (Remember to consider appropriate plants for the summer heat or drought-tolerant without sprinklers or drip lines).

The Green Thumb on Dillan Road has a vast selection and shared a few of their tried-and-true perennial favorites:

South Carolina Plants

*Farfugium has many nicknames, from Leopard Plant, Marco, and Lily Pads to Tractor Seat. Its easy-going care, adaption to sun and shade, and freeze tolerance make it liked by everything except deer! It shines with bright shoots of yellow flowers, contrasted with its rich green leaves, available in several variations.

*Hibiscus long-term local thrives in full sun, tolerates the heat, and can even bloom year-round. A trick is to drop a well-draining container in the ground for simple maneuvering. This flowering beauty will need covering during a frost or wintering indoors to avoid frozen roots.

* Fox Tail Fern is hardy as it tolerates freezing temperatures and likes sun or shade, although it is connected to the asparagus family, not ferns.

* Plum Yew, Cephalotaxus Fastigiate, is deer resistant and weathers all seasons well. Shape it into your landscape, with its versatility to add height or groom as a hedge or stylish bush.

*Variegated Flax Lily is happy in the sun or part shade, offering depth with green hues. It is often chosen for enhancing borders and requires little maintenance.
*Loropetalum, a Chinese fringe flower that stems from the witch hazel family, is favored for its ability to soak in the sun’s heat and repeal deer. Its' plum coloring and simple care make it a winner.
*Forever Purple, Coral Bells, has a glossy purple palette that lasts – forever! It is full of vigor and radiates with life in the sun or shade. Its hardiness in the winter adds to its charm.

Your home is surrounded by plant life, which can offer a breath of fresh air by planting a few of our recommendations. Hilton Head’s semi-tropical climate lets your yard become your scenic picture created by nature.  Please continue to follow our blogs for additional planting tips.

Contributed by Janice Magnin

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