My name is Margaret McDuffie. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is in Zone 8. This is my first time sending pictures. I love the outdoors and beautiful landscaping. To me, it is therapeutic communing with nature. There is always something blooming in my yard. I have sasanquas (Camellia sasanqua, Zones 7–11), azaleas, camellias (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–11), gardenias, roses, hydrangeas, and an assortment of flowering perennials. In the summer, I particularly enjoy tropical flowers like hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Zones 9–11) and plumerias (Plumeria hybrids, Zones 10–11). I have a greenhouse where I keep them in the colder months. Today’s pics were taken over several years.
Spring color from the classic shrub of the American South, an azalea.
Bright blue bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–11). Acidic soils ensure that hydrangeas produce the bluest possible blooms.
An archway welcomes you into the garden, with a furry garden resident ready to give a tour—or possibly just chase some squirrels.
Plumeria blooms in the hottest of tropical colors and produces a wonderful fragrance as well.
A double-flowered tropical hibiscus
Margaret’s greenhouse allows her to overwinter her tropical plants.
Bright Asiatic lilies (Lilium, Asiatic group, Zones 5–9). Asiatic lilies boast some of the brightest colors and most diverse patterns of the various groups of hybrid lilies, though they lack the fragrance of some of their relatives.
Maypop, our native passionflower (Passiflora incarnata, Zones 5–10). While most passionflowers are strictly tropical, this species can survive as far north as Zone 5. Just be warned: If it is happy, this beautiful native vine can spread very aggressively.
A view of the garden, complete with a small pond full of waterlilies.
The walk up to the greenhouse.
A magnificent angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens, or hybrid, Zones 8–10). Margaret is lucky to live where this fragrant, beautiful shrub can winter outside, but gardeners in colder climates can enjoy it year-after-year by growing in a container and bringing it inside for the winter.
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