Charleston, South Carolina, is a charming city located directly on the coast. While there are a number of islands that string out from the city’s core and protect the town from tides, the waterfront is a main attraction in downtown Charleston. The historic houses and buildings around Charleston are lined with an assortment of flowers as part of the general Low Country ambiance.
Flowering Shrubs and Trees
The streets of Charleston are lined with flowering trees and shrubs that bloom anywhere from the end of February to the first weeks of March, depending on the level of northern air that sweeps the generally mild South Carolina climate. Called the Low Country because it sits very close or slightly above sea level, Charleston is renowned for its azaleas, for which the city’s main park is named after.
Perennials bloom throughout the spring in Charleston. In addition to azaleas, some of the more popular flowers to seize the southern sunshine first range from thousands of daffodils in early March to the dogwoods and redbuds that continue blooming through the end of April. Other flowers common around Charleston in the spring include forsythia, lilies, hyacinths, honeysuckle and saucer magnolias. Celebrate spring with a Dancing Daffodil Bulb Garden arrangement.
Full-blooming camellias compete for your attention throughout the spring and fall in Charleston, with some species blossoming right through winter. Originating in the Orient, camellias were brought to the U.S. and quickly found favor in the climates of the South. Because camellias were in such demand for the tea made from their scented leaves and flowers, a commercial camellia farm was located just outside of Charleston by the Lipton Tea Company and continues to grow the flowers today. Camellias bloom in the winter through the early spring and can survive a southern frost if the buds remain closed. In addition to commercial use, camellias line the walkways in Charleston and serve as popular, colorful hedges around Charleston homes.
You’ll find a number of garden club activities around Charleston comprised of flower lovers determined to maintain the city’s history of charm and elegance. The Garden Club of Charleston is one of the largest and oldest in the country and participates in projects designed to maintain the beauty of the Holy City’s downtown riverfront. Applicants for membership to the garden club face a waiting list because membership caps out at 425. Applicants must work one of the many home and garden tours put on by the club in the spring while waiting to be approved — when there is an opening.