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Gardening for Brunswick Newcomers

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New to the area (or maybe not so new but need help)?

Brunswick County lies in Zone 8b and within an area known as the “Coastal Plain”  of North Carolina.

Gardening here can be a challenge for new and experienced gardeners alike, particularly on selecting plants that grow well here. The Brunswick County Newcomer’s Packet is a tool that you can use when deciding on plantings and plant care in our area.

The guide is divided into topical areas. You can download the Full Newcomer Guide  or the individual files that are listed below.





Rain Gardens

Ornamental Grasses


Deer Resistant Plants


And for those of you that live along ponds (whether natural or stormwater), this document can help you identify plants to grow between your lawn and the water to help mitigate fertilizers and pesticide runoff. It lists plants suitable for planting along the upland bank, all the way down to the water zone.

Plants for Watershed Buffer Zones

If you need additional assistance, please feel free to stop by or contact us at 910.253.2610, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

You can also visit our educational Botanical Demonstration Garden for more ideas about what plants will work in this coastal environment. The Garden is a great place to visit all four seasons, and is open daylight hours 7 days a week.

It’s located adjacent to our office, Building N of the Government Center, 25 Referendum Drive, Bolivia.

Written By

Krystyna Ochota, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKrystyna OchotaConsumer Horticulture: Program Assistant and Master Gardener Coordinator Call Krystyna Email Krystyna N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center
Page Last Updated: 4 months ago
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