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for Carolina Gardener Vol. 25 Issue 9, Nov/Dec 2013
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Plants in the Carolinas run the gamut of colors through the seasons--pastels in the spring, summer with many shades of green foliage, fall with vibrant gold and red-hued leaves. Winter is commonly overlooked with many individuals picturing it as dull and gray. Chase reminds us that there are colors to be seen in winter--winter skies shine with a blue intensity; a number of windflowers have their special winter niches; holly trees with bright red berries; mosses and lichens brighten the scene; and for a surprise color--yellow.
Gardeners in the Carolinas are fortunate to have a wide array of naturally occurring stone and rock, such as sandstone, limestone, granite, and slate. Some of these may be found on the gardener's property, while garden centers specialize in stones from small natural ones to large boulders. Ward gives examples of how stones can be another choice to enhance garden appearances.
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.