Thinking about a day trip to Savannah?
Savannah is just a 45 minute drive from Hilton Head. The city offers an abundance of history and great food, not to mention the architecture and charm. But spring brings wonderful pops of color on every block. So take some time to enjoy the spring flora.
Though the live oaks and Spanish moss are signature to the city year round, the springtime flowers in Savannah steal the attention this time of year. Warmer weather brings the squares and streets to life with an abundance of flowers unique to the South.
Dogwood trees rival the allure of the oaks and moss in the spring, when their buds blossom into crisp white (sometimes red or pink) flowers. The first sight of their flowers is a telling sign that winter is officially over. These trees stand out strikingly from the greens and grays of the other trees in Savannah. Some of our iconic dogwoods can be seen off Telfair Square, in Colonial Park and Bonaventure cemeteries, and around Forsyth Park.
These are just a handful of the endless amounts of flowers that turn an already beautiful Savannah into a stunning Savannah during spring. Other flowers like gardenias, jasmine and wisteria can occasionally be spotted throughout residential areas. So keep your eyes peeled on your next visit, Savannah in bloom is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Camellias are another flower that are a symbol of the South. These beauties have a long blooming season. They can be seen in Savannah as early as fall and early winter, though they come to full bloom in mid-February. The common camellia come in various colors: white, peach, red, pink, etc. They love the rich Southern climate. The camellia seen around Savannah has delicate, curved petals that spiral from the center and look as thin as tissue. They can be spotted in most squares on Bull Street, Bonaventure cemetery, and other residential areas.
Masses of azaleas bloom in early March, and continue throughout the rest of the month. As a trademark to Savannah, they can be found seemingly every place you turn. They line the roads and walkways in Bonaventure Cemetery, creating a hauntingly beautiful contrast to the marble and stone graves. They can also be seen in Forsyth Park, popping out against the green foliage. All over the Historic District squares and streets, their vines spill out around cast iron fences. With their bright, brilliant hues of magenta and red, azaleas are impossible to miss here.