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Gartin describes the musical note plant, or Rotheca incisa. It can grow to four feet, but in the Carolinas in only reaches three feet. It takes its name from the fact that the buds are shaped like white quarter notes and when it blossoms it opens in the shape of herald trumpets. All the plant requires is a reasonable amount of sun and water and some all-purpose fertilizer. It flowers best when facing direct morning sunlight.
Although camellias are native to China, they are a perfect choice to spread color over your landscape during winter months. Except for two places, camellias will thrive pretty much everywhere in the Carolinas. They will not grow at the seashore and perpetually soggy soil is a killer.
Native gardens are becoming popular as their reputation for minimal upkeep spreads. In North Carolina, indigenous tree species, such as magnolias and southern live oaks, can co-exist with smaller varieties of flower, such as azaleas, hydrangea, and phlox. Moving to native species can cut down on the negative environmental impacts of invasive species.
The State of North Carolina has three broad provinces with different soil characteristics—Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. The Blue Ridge area is predominantly metamorphic rock while the Piedmont and Coastal Plain have a clay and sand mixture. Of these two materials, clay is the most difficult to work with. Despite its ability to hold water, clay’s clingy nature can be damaging to plants. The author recommends adding gypsum or compost to clay and silty soils.