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Featured Garden: Serendipity

THIS LOW-MAINTENANCE GARDEN IN PORT ROYAL IS FULL OF SURPRISES.


Take a walk through a yard where the focus is on the esteemed garden design of laissez-faire. Certainly no grand master plan was followed here. Frivolity rules. This plot of vegetative eccentricity is entirely maintained by the owners with some assistance from Mother Nature’s favorite landscape architects: Old Man Winter, wind, birds, armadillos, moles and, of course, pruning specialists — the rabbits and occasional deer. The yard, deck and outdoor shower gardens have all evolved as a continuous work in progress with surprise in mind. Reflective of the owner’s travels and whimsical natures, these gardens are unique, eclectic and quirky.

Purple reign

These gorgeous purple flowers are known as “Rose of Sharons” and are quite easy to grow. They will thrive in full sunlight, but in warm areas like the Lowcountry, protection against the powerful afternoon heat is advised. No specific soil is required for these beauties, but it is recommended to water them very well, but not too often.

Voodoo envy

If you’re looking for a unique plant to add to your garden, consider a voodoo lily. However, this flower has a very strong odor that might not be what you would expect. This plant is easy to care for and does not require excessive treatment. Simply water it during dry spells and your voodoo lily will thrive.

White gold

This stunning white flower is commonly referred to as a gardenia. Gardenias grow best in direct sunlight, and with proper care, can last several weeks in full bloom before wilting.

Mellow yellow

The arnica is a gorgeous, yellow flower that will add a fun pop of color to your garden. It is also relatively easy to maintain. If you water often enough to keep the soil a little moist, your arnicas should be happy and healthy. This flower also has many healing properties when steeped in oil, which can be transformed into creams and ointments.

Cool bananas 

This banana tree made this garden stand out with its unique shape and bright leaves. The tree stood tall with its long, vibrant leaves surrounding it. They need lots of moisture in the air to thrive, as they are tropical trees and are acclimated to that region. Warm weather and humidity are keys to growing a banana tree.

Pretty and pink

The pink trumpet vine is a unique flower with its delicate details and vibrant pink hues. They hold an interesting shape which is what gives them their name. This bright flower can grow in full sun or slight shade and needs a typical watering schedule. They also need rocky or lean soil in order to properly grow.


Editor’s Note: Six of the top gardens in the Lowcountry were showcased as part of the 2022 All Saints Garden Tour. LOCAL Life is featuring each garden through images captured by Elizabeth Howard. This month is the Hilton Head Island garden of Becky and Gordon Guin, located in Port Royal.


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SPIKE YOUR FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS WITH THESE EVER-BLOOMING BEAUTIES

Farmer Blue is a 12-acre cut-flower farm in Beaufort County. Its owner is working hard to build a better bouquet with local flowers. The farm grows over 300 varieties of annuals and perennials for florists and event planners in the Lowcountry.

Here is owner David Blue’s favorite flower for August:

NETTLE-LEAVED MULLEIN

(Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’) is in the Scrophulariaceae family commonly known as figworts. The spike or spire shape is an essential design element in floral arrangement, and unlike most other varieties offering this shape, mullein thrive in the Lowcountry summer, blooming from February until frost. The genus Verbascum comes from the Latin barbascum which means “bearded” in reference to their hairy stamen filaments.