We like to use mostly native plants, old fashioned plants, and plants that will do well in our climate. The Gardener placed our rose garden on the southwest side of the house to get enough hours of sunlight. We decided we didn’t want too much lawn (we have a park nearby with big fields for playing) so we planned it out with garden hoses to be about the width of a lawn mower in the skinny places and nicely curving. The rest of the yard is beds with topsoil and mulch.
In the winter we get a pop of yellow with the winter hawthorn. We plant pansies, cabbage, and kale in empty annual spots. The quince with its vibrant orange is one of the first spring flowers.
Spring brings grape hyacinths and daffodils which we’ve placed along the front walk and the front of the beds. Coral bells are in the rock garden. Lorepetalum (chinese fringe) bush blooms with a fuchsia pink. At this time of year we go to garden centers almost every Saturday to get our annuals, herbs, peppers, and new perennials.
Wild weeping cherry, redbud, and japonica camellia. I love the cherry trees in the spring. First we get okame cherry, then sakura cherry, then the native wild cherries, and finally double flowering kwanzan cherry.
We’ve got crossvine trained to grow up the side of the house. Dogwood comes in white and pink.
Rhododendron, peonies, azaleas.
Green-and-gold, Lady Banks climbing roses, kousa dogwood.
Roses, lilies, clematis. We have 3 varieties of clematis planted at the mailbox for blooming at different times.
Taro (elephant ear), rose of Sharon, salvia. Rose of Sharon is a hardy hibiscus and grows very tall. Salvia blooms very late in the summer.
We have 3 magnolia trees of different varieties. The huge flowers give off a lovely scent. We plant hibiscus and mandevilla in large pots on our patio. We plant small water plants in our fountain.
Bee balm, black eyed susan, and butterfly bush. The bee balm last for weeks and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. I also like to plant gallardia, echinacea, and coreopsis. These make seeds that the birds love, especially gold finches.
Crepe myrtles, chaste tree, and hardy hibiscus. I love the Disco Belle hibiscus with its huge flowers, but there are other great colors.
For fall, we have red maples, ginger, and cannas.
At year’s end the beauty berry produces purple berries and the sasanqua camellias bloom. I like to use these and the last roses in my Advent wreath. Thanks for joining my garden tour. Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to write more about our garden!
Resource links for garden tour
- US Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone map
- The Grumpy Gardener from Southern Living
- Square Foot Gardening Foundation
- 10 best gardening books from Craftsy