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North Carolina Landscaping Ideas

By Contributor ; Updated September 21, 2017

North Carolina offers a wide array of property types from the rugged terrain of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy shores of the Atlantic. Hardiness zones for planting range from six in the mountains to eight on the coast. Your landscaping options will vary based on where your home is located within the state.

Mountain Landscaping

North Carolina native mountain laurel is a beautiful design choice for landscaping your mountain home. The large evergreen shrub grows to 4 to 10 feet and boasts bright white or pink blossoms in the summer. Plant your mountain laurel alongside a garden pond or as a border around the perimeter of your yard.

Beach Landscaping

For perennial pink and lavender color along the coast of North Carolina, seashore mallow is a hardy choice. This native plant grows from 3 to 6 feet tall, enjoys full sun and blooms from early summer into the fall. Combine your seashore mallow plants with self-seeding gaillardia for annual blooms in sandy soil from April to October.

Lake Landscaping

North Carolina lakes can have a mountainous or level terrain and may be man-made or natural. Landscaping your lake front home in North Carolina depends primarily upon the hardiness zone for successful plant growth and cultivation. Plants like azaleas may be grown throughout the state, along any of the lake shores. Azaleas are shrubs that bloom in the spring in shades ranging from white to deep purple. To add hardscapes to your lake landscaping, consider a gazebo on level land or a series of decks flowing one into the other along an uneven lakefront lot.

Level Landscaping

Once you leave the mountainous part of the state, the remainder of North Carolina is primarily level. There will be sloped areas, but a typical yard is relatively flat. Plant choices for landscaping a level area include daylilies for perennial color in the summer, pansies for bright annual color beginning in the late fall and begonias for vibrant springtime blooms. You may also enjoy creating a patio on your level property to enjoy warm North Carolina evenings from early spring to early winter.

Sloped Landscaping

Landscaping a sloping yard in North Carolina may include building tiers from timbers to create flower beds for your perennial and annual blooms. Shrubs like boxwood and holly grow well in zones six, seven and eight, along with creeping juniper, weeping jasmine and flowering hydrangea.


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