Evergreens are valuable elements in residential landscape design because of their permanent nature: They look nearly the same during winter doldrums as they do in the heat of summer. As permanent fixtures, many evergreens–particularly Leland cypresses–make excellent natural partitions, particularly between properties.
Many people don’t realize, however, that evergreens include all plants that retain their leaves throughout the year. Camellias (pictured), Lowcountry icons, not only retain their shiny, dark green leaves year-round, but they produce an abundance of beautiful, brilliant flowers during the winter doldrums. The various types of jasmine, a genus of ornamental vines, give fences and trestles a permanent down-home, Lowcountry feel and produce fragrances so appealing that they’ve been used in perfumes for ages. And, lest we forget, encore azaleas–quintessential symbols of Southern charm–bloom throughout the growing season.
Seth Mason, Charleston SC
Author: Seth Mason
Hi, I’m Seth Mason, James Island native and owner and sole employee of Lowcountry Vistas Charleston Landscape Design and Installation.
From the time I was 9 years old, I took pride in caring for my mother’s yard on the Island. The son of an artist and a lover of nature, making my mom’s yard look good became of a passion of mine at a young age.
Years later, after having earned my M.B.A. during the 2008 Financial Crisis, I took part-time landscaping work to get by. In time, I came to realize that landscape design and installation was my calling: It combines my love of sculpting Charleston natural beauty, business acumen, and fresh air and sun. After earning my landscaping chops working alongside a fellow devotee to Charleston horticulture, I went on my own and started Lowcountry Vistas in 2015.
Lowcountry Vistas is more than just a job to me. It’s a dream. I love improving peoples’ properties through my landscape design plans and landscape installations. Make sure to take advantage of my free consultation limited-time offer to learn more about what I can do for you!