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After recently spending a few (blissful!) days in Charleston’s historic peninsula touring private homes and gardens, I can attest that gardening is a full-contact sport in the Holy City. From manicured formal gardens to rambling flower-lined paths, Charlestonians definitely know how to rock their green thumbs.

In addition to full gardens, flower-filled windowboxes were everywhere: Window boxes in Charleston

Formal gardens boast mounds of color and charming weather-worn statuary: Charleston formal garden

Charleston’s sub-tropical climate provides ideal conditions for South Carolina’s state tree, the Palmetto Palm, and camellias whose ruffly flowers are synonymous with the South: Pink camellias and a palm tree in Charleston

Flowers also drape fences surrounding the city’s historic homes in color. Here a red trumpet vine overtakes an ancient cast-iron fence:
Trumpet vine on hand-wrought iron fence

Creeping fig turns this home’s facade into a vertical garden. Not advisable for use on a wood exterior, these hardy vines do little damage when allowed to grow on brick or stone:   Creeping fig covering a house in Charleston

In Charleston, even small garden corners aren’t overlooked. Here, a homowner has trained a magnolia to espalier (or grow in a flat, compact shape) against a stuccoed wall: A magnolia tree espalier in Charleston

Even in early spring, Charleston’s warm climate ensures a wide variety of blooms. In this informal garden, vibrant poppies spill over a pea-gravel path:Poppies and a garden path in Charleston

That’s all for my Charleston adventures; hope you guys enjoyed them! The Historic Charleston Foundation hosts private home and garden tours each spring, if you’re a history+design buff like me, they’re can’t-miss.

MORE ADVENTURES IN ANTIQUING:
Adventures in Antiquing: Charleston Antiques Show Part 1
Adventures in Antiquing: Charleston Antiques Show Part 2
Adventures in Antiquing: (Easy!) Beachy Candle Makeover
Adventures in Antiquing: Repurposed Wooden Tray
Adventures in Antiquing: Crushing On Carrara Marble
Adventures in Antiquing: Old Toolbox Turned Magazine Caddy
Adventures in Antiquing: Old Clock Repurposed as a Frame
Adventures in Antiquing: Classical Busts
Adventures in Antiquing: Vintage Avon Bottle
Adventures in Antiquing: Salvaged Molding As Holiday Decor

5 Responses

  1. RE/MAX First says:

    Color is a great way to bring life to your home, inside and out. Charleston gives you so much inspiration.

  2. Maggie G. says:

    Lots of great examples of original hardware and iron work. For reproduction period hardware, I visit <a href="http://www.lookintheattic.com” target=”_blank”>www.lookintheattic.com where the finest quality work is available!

  3. galin86 says:

    Garden Design Ideas – Cool and original http://cooledeko.de/gartengestaltung

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  5. Brian says:

    the window box picture was by far the least appealing. that planting may have been done six months ago for a late fall / winter planting. I can think of at least a dozen boxes off hand that put that to shame. Next time your in Chuck'town get in touch and I'll show you some truly amazing gardens.

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