Plants and Habitats Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden

Naturally Kiawah Demonstration Garden Plant List American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) This native deciduous shrub, growing to an average of five feet tall, and equally as wide, does best in partial sun. Growing naturally, it is often encountered at the margins of the maritime forest. Its colorful, purple berries appear in the fall and are an important food source for many bird species. Planting beautyberry along natural buffers within your landscape provides an additional food source while helping create a “soft,” layered edge that can add diversity to your collection of flora! Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) This native, evergreen fern provides a nice groundcover layer in full shade or partially shaded areas. It is a popular fern choice in many Kiawah landscapes. It can provide low cover and provides a nice layer of habitat within natural areas that don’t get much sun. Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) This native vine displays evergreen foliage and its coral pink flowers bloom in the spring, providing nectar to hummingbirds, butterflies and native bees. Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine) An alternative to the more profuse yaupon holly, the native dahoon holly also produces a plethora of red berries, but has slightly larger leaves and tends to grow in a more tree-like form. It can tolerate shade, but performs better in a partial shade condition. All native holly species provide important food sources for songbirds and other wildlife. Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor) A great understory plant that thrives in shadier conditions. Used in mass plantings, this evergreen can provide significant cover, while complementing the existing forest canopy. Florida Leucothoe (Agarista populifolia) Many property owners on Kiawah are challenged by creating an understory habitat beneath a mature canopy of oaks and pines. A native evergreen shrub that absolutely thrives in the shade is Florida agarista (also known as Florida hobblebush or Florida leucothoe). This easy to maintain plant produces white, bell-shaped flowers in the spring and can be pruned to be kept at various heights. Having trouble getting plants established in the shade? Try Florida agarista!