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We all know the beloved Christmas trimming that goes by the name of ”poinsettia,” but plenty of locals have no idea it was named for a Charlestonian. Botanist, physician, and politician Joel Roberts Poinsett discovered the shrub while serving as the first U.S. Minister (Ambassador) to Mexico in the 1820s. He brought cuttings back to his South Carolina greenhouse, began to share the plants with botanical gardens and horticultural friends, and the rest is history

Plant coneflowers for eye-catching beds that attract birds, bees, and butterflies

Add a pop of tropical color with this blooming evergreen shrub
 

Each spring, azalea blooms turn the Lowcountry landscape into a kaleidoscope of pink, red, purple, magenta, and white. Called the “Royalty of the Garden” by horticulturists, this member of the Rhododendron genus is a favorite around the globe for its vivid colors, profusion of flowers, and adaptability to a wide range of soils—but did you know the Lowcountry has played a notable role in its popularization?

Plant this magnolia hybrid for an elegant harbinger of spring.

Lulie Wallace’s creative industry blooms from vibrant floral paintings to cheery textiles

Going overboard to make flowers look good is akin to hanging Christmas lights around an East Battery manse to ensure it gets noticed. Some things are best left alone. But when it comes to turning out a brilliant floral display, there are a few basics—for these, we asked floral editor Janet Porcher Gregg to weigh in with a few of her guiding principles



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