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When and Where to Spot Blooms in Charleston

By: Charleston Wedding Guide

Take in the grandeur of delicate white dogwood during the Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens, discover hot pink azaleas bursting with life at the Flowertown Festival or go for a stroll through the Historic District and discover some of the Holy City’s hidden pathways, confection-colored homes, and open-air piazzas adorned with burgeoning pieces de resistance.

Looking for more inspiration? Slip away from the bustling city and discover the delicate aromas and rich hued botanicals at one of the area’s five plantations.

  • Boone Hall Plantation
    • In 1793, live oak trees were meticulously planted in rows forming an iconic corridor today that keeps visitors coming again and again to Boone Hall Plantation.
  • Drayton Hall
    • America’s oldest unrestored plantation house sits on 125 acres of sweeping grounds and ancient oaks.
  • Magnolia Plantation
    • Magnolia Plantation is home to thousands of beautiful heirloom flowers and plants that date back to 1870 and is considered one of the best collections of camellias in the world.
  • McLeod Plantation
    • Encompassing more than 36 acres, McLeod Plantation boasts a riverside outdoor pavilion and avenue of oak trees, including the McLeod Oak, which is believed to be more than 600 years old.
  • Middleton Place
    • Referred to by the Garden Club of America as the “most important and most interesting garden in America,” Middleton Place’s gardens are a must see. With blooms year-round, the gardens are a destination during every season.

Charleston is a botanical playground year-round.

  • January: camellia japonica, pansies, crocus
  • February: hyacinths, star magnolias, winter jessamine, wisteria, narcissus, lady banks rose, daphne odora, yellow jessamine
  • March: dogwoods, azaleas, Cherokee roses, camellias, pansies, red maples, snow drops, sweet flags, violets, lilies
  • April: azaleas, dogwoods, camellias, sweet bay magnolias, iris, magnolia grandiflora
  • May: magnolia grandiflora, mountain laurel, mimosa, American holly, rugosa roses, pink cannas, white lilies, banana shrubs, red anise, antique roses
  • June: day lilies, yellow cannas, old roses, annuals, spiderwort, pinckneya, freesia, golden rain trees, rugose roses, magnolias, hydrangeas, water lily
  • July: sourwood trees, day lilies, annuals, spiderwort, abelia, crepe myrtles, gerberas, old roses, rugosa roses, yellow cannas, crinum lilies, mist flower, elephant toes, water willow
  • August: yucca, crinum lilies, gerberas, abelia, spiderwort, hydrangeas, pink cannas, old roses, rugosa roses, annuals, crepe myrtles, eupatorium
  • September: crepe myrtles, annuals, day lilies, old roses, pink cannas, spiderwort, gerberas, yucca, yellow cannas, spider lilies
  • October: camellia sasanqua, annuals, old roses, hydrangeas, pampas grass
  • November: camellia sasanqua, pansies, roses, pampas grass
  • December: camellia sasanqua, camellia japonica, pansies, tea olive, paper whites

As if the charm of Charleston isn’t enough reason to pack your bags and head to the Holy City, the sweet scent of the destination’s secret gardens will have you mesmerized.

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