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Did you know this about May Flowers

Posted by charleston on May 3, 2018

Did you know this about May flowers….

Gray Line Charleston – WeBLOG May 2018

Historic Charleston, South Carolina is famous for the city’s downtown homes that are truly architectural gems. Many afford visitors a glimpse into landscaped walled gardens through  wrought iron gates. The plantings are often old and carefully cultivated along Charleston brick paths winding thru beautiful flowers and shrubs. Fortunate owners of these historic homes can sit on a garden bench and gaze upwards into the tree branches of Magnolias, Grand Oaks, Crepe Myrtles and much more. Spring flowers delight the senses with their fragrant and colorful blooms throughout the city. Outlying historic Plantations can be toured West of the Ashley and are famous for their walkable gardens complete with reflecting pools and ponds.

What May flowers are blooming in May throughout the Lowcountry and in the lovely port city of Charleston? Visitors will appreciate nature’s display of the following flowers in their full glory, during the merry month of May!  May Annuals blooming are ~ Hydrangea Paniculata, Hydrangea Quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea), Hydrangea Macrophylia (Bigleaf Hydrangea), Noisette Roses (Blush Noisette), Madame Antoine Mari (Tea Rose), Rosa Chinensis Semperflorens (Slater’s Crimson China Rose), Magnolia Virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia), Magnolia Grandiflora (Southern Magnolia), Kalmia Lafifolia (Mountain Laurel), Agarista Populifolia (Florida Hobblebush), Michelia Figa (Banana Shrub), Hymenocailis (Korean Beauty Berry), Rosa Palustris (Swamp Rose), Canna Flaccida (Golden Canna), Hibiscus Coccineus (Scarlet Rosemallow), Nymphaea (Water Lily), Aponogeton Distachyoua (Water Hawthorne)

Hydrangea species can display a rainbow of whites, pinks, purples or vivid blues. Hydrangea blooms cluster into a round shape, called flowerheads, that make them appear like colorful ‘snowballs’ on the stems. Other species of Hydrangea display mophead flowers which are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. 

Hybrid Tea is an informal horticultural classification for a group of garden roses. They were created by cross-breeding two types of roses, initially by hybridizing perpetuals with Tea roses. Noisette roses can be traced back to the time when a rice farmer in Charleston, South Carolina named John Champney received 'Old Blush', a China rose that had been growing in China and Asia for more than a thousand years. What a great gift from neighbor, Philippe Noisette! All species of Roses open to beautiful, round blooms, in colors that evoke many emotions.

The Southern Magnolia became very popular in the 17th century. Different varieties were being cross bred to make stronger hybrids when Plantations like stunning Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina were booming! Southern Magnolias grow so large that their branches and waxy leaves can provide shade and serve as windbreaks. Large pure white flowers bloom, beginning in May and provide homes with a sense of deep South elegance and hospitality. Sweetbay Magnolias also thrive in Charleston. It is common for them to have multiple trunks like Crepe Myrtle trees. The leaves on this tree are glossy and dark green on top, and silvery blue on the bottom.

One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line Charleston provides informative, entertaining bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the world. Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent.

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