Plants Used in the Governor's Landscape

Check out these nine plant varieties used in the Georgia governor's mansion project -- and the planting information for each zone.

autumn twist repeat blooms in fall

This evergreen azalea blooms in spring and early fall.

Autumn Twist (Encore Azalea)

Rhododendron x 'Conlep'

  • Compact evergreen azalea with large white and purple blooms in the spring and a repeat bloom in the early fall
  • Plant in rich garden soil that is moist, but well drained.
  • Plant in light to partial shade
  • Height: 4 feet
  • Width: 4-5 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 7-10:

  • Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
  • Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
  • Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
  • Zone 10: Plant in fall; plant in light to partial shade with protection from hot afternoon sun; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

Okame Cherry

okame cherry has showy rosy pink flowers

Plant this tree in full sun for best flowering.

Prunus 'Okame'

  • Deciduous tree with showy rosy pink flowers in early spring (The flowers are almost Pepto Bismol pink.)
  • Very early blooming
  • Plant in loose, organic well-drained, slightly alkaline soil
  • Plant in full sun for best flowering; prune, if needed, after flowering
  • Fertilize in spring
  • Height: 15-30 feet
  • Width: 20-30 feet


Hardy in USDA zones 6-8:

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.

English Ivy

english ivy is an evergreen ground cover climber

This ivy's root system enables it to climb tall buildings and trees.

Hedera helix

  • Vigorous, evergreen ground cover/climber with shiny, dark green to blue green leaves (2 to 4 inches long)
  • The plant can also climb high onto buildings and trees using an aerial root system--little feet with pads that stick to the wall or surface.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright once said that vines, especially ivy, are perfect to cover the mistakes of bad architects.


Zones 5 to 9
Care for English Ivy:

  • Partial sun to shade.
  • Grow in any rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Good air circulation.
  • Prune often in early winter and in summer to avoid overgrowth.

Christmas Fern

christmas fern is clumping with coarse texture

The Christmas fern perfers partial to full shade.

Polystichum acrostichoides

  • Evergreen, clumping fern with a coarse texture
  • Plant in moist to dry organic soil
  • Plant in partial to full shade
  • Height: 24-36 inches
  • Width: to 24 inches


Hardy in USDA zones : (3) 4-9

  • Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years; avoid contact with salt; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
  • Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years; avoid contact with salt.
  • Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years; avoid contact with salt.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting and again before first frost; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years.
  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring or fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch after planting; water during dry periods; remove dead foliage in spring; divide in spring every few years.

Cherry Berry Hosta

cherry berry hosta has variegated foliage

The cherry berry hosta has purple flowers with red seed pods.

Hosta x 'Cherry Berry'

  • Deciduous perennial with variegated white/green foliage and purple flowers with red seed pods
  • Plant in moist, but-well drained soil
  • Keep moist during drying periods
  • Plant in partial shade; can tolerate morning sun
  • Watch for presence of slugs
  • Height: 16-24 inches
  • Width: 15-18 inches


Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:

  • Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Patriot Hosta

patriot hosta is most popular hosta

Plant the patriot hosta in partial to full shade for all zones.

Hosta x hybrida 'Patriot'

  • Popular white/green variegated Hosta with lavender flowers
  • Plant in moist, but-well drained soil
  • Plant in partial to full shade for all zones
  • Watch for presence of slugs
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Width: 12-18 inches


Hardy in USDA zones 3-9:

  • Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 7: Plant in spring or fall; mulch after first hard frost; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring or fall; mulch lightly in the fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide in fall or as new growth appears in early spring; protect from deer in prone areas.

Lady in Red Hydrangea

lady in red hydrangea has red stems

This hydrangea should be planted in morning sun or partial shade.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady in Red'

  • Deciduous shrub with dark green foliage with red stems and pinkish lacecap flowers
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil
  • Plant in morning sun or partial shade for all zones
  • Height: 3-5 feet
  • Width: 3-5 feet


Hardy in USDA zones 6-9:

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or very early fall; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; cover with burlap or plastic in severe cold weather; avoid contact with salt; plant may fail to bloom if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; cover with burlap or plastic in severe cold weather, especially in late winter; blooms may decrease if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; blooms may decrease if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 9: Plant in early fall; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Penny Mac Hydrangea

penny mac hydrangea has blue pink mophead blooms

This shrubg will bear blue or pink mophead flowers.

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'

  • Deciduous shrub with blue or pink mophead flowers up to 4 inches wide
  • Plant in moist, but well-drained soil
  • Plant in morning sun or partial shade for all zones
  • Height: 4-6 feet
  • Width: 4-6 feet


Hardy in USDA zones (6)7-9:

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or very early fall; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; cover with burlap or plastic in severe cold weather; avoid contact with salt; plant may fail to bloom if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; cover with burlap or plastic in severe cold weather, especially in late winter; blooms may decrease if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; blooms may decrease if late season frosts occur; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.
  • Zone 9: Plant in early fall; water regularly in dry spells during growing season.

Eastern Redbud

eastern redbud has a decorative seed pod in fall

This small tree is noted for its purple/pink flowers that appear before the leaves, in early spring.

Cercis Canadensis

  • Small, deciduous tree noted for its purple/pink flowers in early spring before the leaves
  • Has decorative bean-like seed pods fall through winter
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerant of poor and alkaline soil
  • Plant in full sun to light shade
  • Prune after flowering in spring; fertilize in late spring
  • Height: 15-20 feet
  • Width: 15 feet


Hardy in USDA zones 4-9:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade.
  • Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
  • Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
  • Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

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