Frequently Asked Questions

What trees do you recommend?

Large -

Pecan (Carya illinoensis)  State Tree

Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

Live Oak (Quercus virginiana)

Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Medium -

Carolina Laurelcherry (Prunus caroliniana)

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Small -

Why do you re-plant the downtown planters and window boxes?

Why do we re-plant the downtown planters when the seasons change?

The downtown planters and window boxes are "Floral Displays". To keep them looking their best year-round it is necessary to replant them as the seasons change. Most of the plants are annuals which means that they grow and die in one season.

Annuals generally have the showiest blossoms that last a long time. Perennials and shrubs have a very short bloom period or don't bloom at all. Additionally, they have a very large root system that crowds out annuals.

Why did we not plant Petunias?

Why did we not plant Petunias in our window boxes and planters downtown?

Petunias do no handle heat well. They are extremely thermophotoperiodic. (Their growth habit responds according to the temperature and the amount of daylight.) At temperatures above 75 degrees plants will be tall and leggy with a single flower. The only Petunias that might work are Petunia x violacea 'Laura Bush' and 'Violet in Profusion'.