Gardening Tips for Wilmington NC & Coastal Carolina Areas

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Real Estate Agent with Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC

 

   If you are new to the area or thinking of relocating to Wilmington NC, you will want to spend some time getting acquainted with the beautiful flora and fauna that grace our Coastal Carolina region.

 

With the 60 degree temperatures gracing our Wilmington NC area, buds appearing on many of our trees and shrubs and the Garden Show in town this weekend thoughts of spring gardening are dancing in my head! It's  a great time to take a look at some gardening catalogs and plan out some new additions to our garden for the spring.

 

When we relocated to Wilmington from the northeast one of the many charms of the area that delighted us and that we still enjoy every day is the wide variety of beautiful plants, flowering shrubs and trees adaptable to our Coastal Wilmington NC Environment. There are so many species of flora and fauna that I never had seen up close and personal before. What fun to visit garden centers and explore the possibilities!

 

So let's think spring and spring into a gardening state of mind! If you are just starting your landscaping and garden beds in NC it's always a good idea to have a soil test done. To do this scoop out about a cup of soil from 3 different areas of your garden, the take a drive to the New Hanover County Arboretum and they will send it out for to be analysis free of charge. While there visit their gift shop or chat with one of the the Master Gardener volunteers who will be happy to answer any  questions you have.

 

Perhaps you have a tree or shrub that is not doing well or has some leaf spot or just looks sick; cut a sample and bring it by for advice on how to treat it or not treat it. They are also available to take questions by phone on their hotline 798-7670

 

Popular shrubs along the Cape Fear Coast are Yaupon Holly, Oleander, Nandina, Eunonymus, Indian Hawthorne & Wax Myrtle and Azalea.  Colorful perennials such as Lady's Mantle, and Rudebekia, Veronica Speedwell, Gallardia and Lantana should fare well. Ornamental Grasses form all sizes such as the giant Pampas Grass to the smaller varieties such as Blue Fescue are a delightful sight in our local landscape designs.

 

When Choosing plant this year  keep in mind though that drought tolerant plants Chinese Hollies, are a smart choice because of our water restrictions. Some drought tolerant plants and trees recommended for our area include Juniper,  Lantana, Pineapple Guava, Rosemary, Lacebark Elm & Crape Myrtle.

 

You can find most of the shrubs and trees perfect for our zone 8  climate, and a wealth of good advice at local Wilmington NC Nurseries such as  Pierce's NurseryPendercrest, Zone 8, and Pender Pines, (Hampstead NC ).  Perennials, if not available locally, can be ordered from catalogs and usually come with a guarantee.

 

I have also been successful growing annuals from seed such as Zinnias and Cleome. Now is a good time to buy some seed packets. In Our Zone 8 Wilmington NC, you can start them in trays in a few weeks

 

More Resources information for Gardening in NC and the Coastal Areas is available at

Gardening In NC

New Hanover County Arboretum

 

Good Books On Coastal Gardening

The Southern Living Garden Book

Best Garden Plants for North Carolina


 

 

My favorite Plant Catalogs (order early favorites sell out quickly)

White Flower Farm

Wayside Gardens

 Happy Gardening!

 

Posted by Ginger Sala

Wilmington NC Relocation Specialist & Garden Enthusiast

 

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Thesa Chambers
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60  degrees sounds like heaven - we got a foot of snow today - that was joyful with 3 to 4 feet already on the ground - flowers would be nice - enjoy
Feb 02, 2008 11:16 PM #1
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Rita Taylor
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Ginger,

We are having some great weather here too this week.  I love flowers - Oleander is always so pretty when we visit the beach in the summer.  We already have a house reserved for our vacation in June and can hardly wait! 

Feb 04, 2008 08:46 PM #2
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Thesa,  yesterday we spent the afternoon on the beach.... Today it was 79!, A lot higher than average, but I'll take it! That's a lot of snow for you this winter... Is it normal?
Feb 05, 2008 06:30 PM #3
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Nice Post,  I just looked at photo's of last years crop and I am so looking forward to gardening this year. We have to fence it, but the deer didn't bother a thing.
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Rita, Are you coming to New Hanover Or Brunswick Beaches?
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Debbie, No deer problems in our neighborhood thank goodness!
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