I am looking to incorporate a native plants section in my backyard. Shade seems to be a limiting factor in some parts, especially where I would look to create a natural hedge bordering my neighbor's yard. Any ideas for plantings?
You can find a list of native plants for South Carolina on our Recommended Species page. You can narrow your list for South Carolina by selecting the plants' characteristics or growing conditions, e.g., select "Shrubs" under Habits and "Part shade" and "Shade" under Light requirement. This will give you a list of shrubs that are native to South Carolina that will grow well in shade and/or part shade. These should be good choices for making a natural hedge. Mr. Smarty Plants has a few suggestions from that list:
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