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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.

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10 Responses

  1. Spent a lot of time in Charleston for college and there are really few places like it for historical site seeing and old world feel. If you can't find an interesting and amazing piece antiquing there, you shouldn't antique.

  2. hgtvcamille says:

    @Performance Kitchens, Agreed! Charleston is truly one of my favorite destinations. :)

  3. RE/MAX First says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. Liz_HGTV says:

    This clinches it: I'm hanging window boxes at my house. Beautiful, beautiful flowers, Camille!

  6. hgtvcamille says:

    Thanks Liz! Windowboxes certainly add a colorful finishing touch to any home.

    • 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.

  7. galin86 says:

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

  8. Like plumbers, heating and air-conditioning repair,appliance repair, etc? Just how do you find the one you want? Where do you seem, or who do you talk to?.

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...


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