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Lowcountry Plants

Thanks to an enterprising young woman, the Lowcountry enjoyed a short but lucrative stint exporting Indigofera tinctoria—and the beautiful blue dye extracted from its leaves—before the plant all but disappeared from our fields.

Blanket your garden in Helianthus debilis for an ocean of cheery blooms

Under cover of a handful of oaks, self-taught gardener Tommy Peters creates a cool garden hideaway

Make a bold statement in containers or garden beds with a variety of no-fuss, no-muss, water-saving succulents

Plant a different kind of hibiscus, one that loves the Lowcountry swelter and can add zest to a summer salad

Do your outdoor spaces need a quick lift? Geraniums come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of scents that can enliven any sunny spot

Considering a citrus tree? Check out this lush evergreen. Kumquats fare well in the Lowcountry and produce a bounty of petite fruit that pack a punch of flavor

Feeling cooped up? Don’t despair. Bring the outdoors in with these easy-to-grow ferns. And they’ll transfer nicely to your yard come spring