With more time on our hands for home projects these days, growing a gorgeous Lowcountry garden might be one of the best ways to pass the time. 

There are many ways to add a personal touch to your home, perhaps none more impactful and fulfilling as a well-designed, well-maintained garden. Having a garden not only enhances your home’s outdoor aesthetic but tending it is also very therapeutic! In fact, flexing your green thumb offers many health benefits.

Whether you want to enhance a garden you already have, or you are just getting started, today’s blog features some of the most beautiful Lowcountry garden designs we’ve ever seen! Use these inspirational green spaces to help you create your own personal oasis.


Lowcountry Gardening: Raised Garden Beds

Raised garden beds are commonly used in the Lowcountry since our soil can be hard to work with. Both novice and seasoned gardeners build raised beds thanks to their simplicity and functionality. They are a wonderful option for adding visual impact; varying the height and creating stadium beds allows for all sorts of creativity in the garden.

Additional benefits of raised beds include better control over the soil, fewer weeds, and more growing space. You can choose to make your garden bed out of a variety of materials from wood (which is most common) to cinder blocks, bricks, and even metal! Choose whatever material and bed shape matches your style. The most iconic Lowcountry garden designs tend to use brick.

Learn how to build your own raised garden bed here or purchase a raised garden bed kit online or from your local home and garden store.

Charleston Garden Gate

Photo: https://laurelberninteriors.com/2016/06/01/25-seriously-jaw-dropping-urban-gardens/charleston-garden-2/

One of the biggest benefits of raised beds is using them to safely plant food sources. You can erect simple fencing around them to reduce wildlife eating the produce. Plant your favorite herbs, fruits, and veggies, and bring your garden to your table! 

Don’t forget that timing is everything when it comes to food planting. July is a great time to grow peppers, tomatoes, and cabbage. Check out South Carolina’s Vegetable Planting Calendar here.


Lowcountry Garden Designs: Vertical Gardens

If you don’t have a yard with enough space for a garden, have a balcony, or want to make room for additional flowers and plants, gardening vertically is a great option.

From herbs to planters to succulents, there are many vertical garden options that add substance and beauty to any space. And don’t limit yourself to an outdoor vertical garden! Many of the most popular designs are actually for your interior, offering an inexpensive and easy way to add color to your space.

If your focus is beautifying your home’s exterior, you might consider vertical garden options for your walls and fences. You can use wall planters on these surfaces very easily! Perhaps you need to create some privacy between you and your neighbors. Creating a stand-alone garden wall sounds hard but it’s actually a breeze. Vertical gardens are also a great addition to patio spaces.

Vertical Garden

Photo: https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/garden-ideas/how-to/g1274/how-to-plant-a-vertical-garden/?slide=5


Gardening in the Lowcountry: Water Features

The Lowcountry is home to a wide variety of native plants, but it never hurts to introduce some elements not commonly found here. For example, a waterfall feature can instantly transport you to another place (while acting as noise cancellation). If you love meditation or yoga, incorporating water elements into your garden allows it to serve as a space for practicing. Tap into your creative side by designing your own waterfall using some of these examples.

In keeping with Lowcountry garden designs, you may opt for a water feature such as a fountain or a birdbath.  A fountain is a more costly selection as it requires a pump and plumbing, so a bird bath might be the better choice if budget is a consideration.


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With the seemingly endless species of bird inhabiting the Lowcountry, adding a beautiful birdbath to your garden not only enhances the design but offers a cool place for your little neighbors to land. 



Gardening is a great activity to engage in this summer. It not only enhances the beauty of your home but also boosts your mood. Don’t think you have to do all the work alone! Invite your family and friends, make some snacks, and have your very own gardening party.


With these garden designs, we hope you were inspired to get started.

  • Create raised garden beds with the materials of your choice to fit your desired style.

  • Use wall planters to create a vertical garden design.

  • Add water features to your garden.


We want to hear from you! Do you plan on building (or enhancing) your outdoor garden this summer? 


Share it with us in the comments below!

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