A large variety of plants and flowers native to South Carolina also grow well in landscapes and gardens in that state. The benefits of growing native plants includes helping to maintain the state's natural ecosystems. Native plants also attract birds, bees and other wildlife that rely on these plants for food resources. Thanks to the state's year-round mild climate, a wide variety of plants and flowers grow well including this sampling of native flora.
Preferring moist climates such as those offered along streams and creeks, this bright red flower adds a much-needed riot of color to shady areas of your garden. Growing up to four feet tall with blooms that last from mid-summer through the fall, the plant prefers moist, well-drained soil in light shade or partial sun. With its long bloom time, this plant works perfectly to attract hummingbirds.
This beautiful plant sporting clusters of pink and white blossoms thrives in South Carolina. With dark green, glossy leaves similar to rhododendrons, mountain laurel grows up to ten feet in height. The plant prefers moist, well-drained soil in full to part sun--it does grow in deep shade, but flowers best in sunny locations of the garden. Mountain laurel makes a great screen or border plant and provides shelter for birds.
Featuring clusters of showy red tubular flowers on glossy, evergreen leaves, this plant makes a great ground cover. Growing up to 20'feet long, coral honeysuckle also works well on a trellis or wall. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies--after the flowers die off, small red berries form that attract a variety of birds. Best planted in full or part sun, the plant grows in almost any soil, but thrives in moist, well-drained soil.
For wetter areas of your garden, royal ferns offer the perfect solution. The delicate-looking long, pale green fronds complement almost any other plant or flower you plant near it. Growing up to five feet tall, royal ferns thrive in partial sun to fully shaded areas in well drained, acidic soil. The plants offer a place for birds to use as a shelter.
No garden would be complete without at least one type of ornamental grass, and Indian grass does the trick for southern gardens. Growing up to five feet tall, the blue-green blades start growing in the spring with a large plume of seed heads appearing in late summer, offering a great food source for birds and other wildlife. This plant grows well in almost any soil although it thrives in well-drained soils in sunny areas.