A Garden of Delights Right in Your Backyard

September 19th, 2022

Discover the best native plants for Myrtle Beach and create your dream garden.

Whether you’re new to the area or a long-time resident of Grande Dunes, choosing just the right plants for your yard can be tricky. Should you go with a vine, shrub or flower? Does it need full sunlight or partial shade? How often will you need to water? When is the right time to prune?

We get it. And we’re here to help.

Tip #1: Look for a Native Plant

A native plant is one that exists in the wild in a particular region or habitat. Coastal South Carolina is home to countless native plant species that thrive in its sunny weather and lush ecosystem. Gorgeous vines, grasses, flowers, small trees and more.

Tip #2: Choose the Right Plant for Your Home and Garden

Create your own Eden-like paradise with these breathtaking and surprisingly easy-to-maintain plants. Here are four to get you started:


This evergreen shrub typically matures to 5 to 10 feet tall and opens with age. Foliage ranges from dark to light green, depending on the season. Look for small flowers in the summer and pea-sized black berries in winter. Its highly-prized honey results from bees feeding on inkberry flowers. Plant in average, medium to wet soils and in full sun to part shade. Dig as deep as the root ball and add peat moss.


Calling all hummingbird lovers! This high-climbing and deep green twining vine is a favorite of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Coral honeysuckle requires light, good air circulation and adequate drainage. The best time to plant is March or April. Make sure the root ball is adequately covered with topsoil.


Azaleas will feel right at home at Grande Dunes. This “star of the southern garden” will color your world with a bouquet of white, pink, salmon, lavender, violet, orange and red flowers. Blooms typically last from February through May. Plant in partially shaded areas and water sparingly. Choose well-draining soil and add a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch for best results.


This sweet-smelling evergreen tree with its large white petals will help you feel like you have truly arrived in South Carolina. Ideal for smaller yards, the Sweetbay Magnolia likes rich, moist soil. The blooming season runs from April through July, with pruning recommended after each bloom season.

Click Here to see a full list of plants, trees, shrubs and vines that will thrive at Grande Dunes.

Tip #3: Plant Grande

No matter where you live in Grande Dunes, you’ll find a rich landscape and warm climate ideal for planting and growing native plants. Here are a few more tips to help you get the most out of your garden and yard.

  • Group plants with similar water needs together (also called hydrozoning).
  • Create a rain garden or a collection of plants installed in a low part of your lawn that rely solely on rainwater. It helps control erosion and saves energy.
  • Hire a pro! If you want a lush garden with native plants but don’t want to soil your own hands, visit lawnlove.com to find  a local landscaper who will procure, plant and maintain flowers, trees and shrubs on your property.