Hydrangeas are blooming in the Ballastone Inn’s window boxes and in the ornamental containers along the front of the property – a sure sign that spring is finally here! Next, the Ballastone’s secluded garden courtyard will get its seasonal makeover.
Debbie Hall of Debbie Hall Designs is the historic bed-and-breakfast inn’s designated florist and gardener. If it blooms, either as a plucked blossom in a Ballastone bridal bouquet or cascading from a pottery urn flanking the steps, then it’s Debbie’s territory, and she covers her territory beautifully.
“The Ballastone is just a lovely place, and when people come here you want them to feel so pampered,” she said. “You want things to be lush and pretty and full – an escape, a sanctuary.”
In the shady private courtyard, where B&B guests can opt to take their gourmet breakfast, Debbie faces challenges because the brick-paved space is surrounded by 19th-century walls that block out the sunlight. So she turns to mosses, ferns, caladiums, begonias, hostas and colorful bromeliads to dress the garden’s space in living beauty. The small fishpond, home to exotic goldfish, helps add more color.
By summer, Debbie will turn to coleuses, which stand up well to heat, shade and sun. Even in winter, she knows how to get plants and Savannah’s mild climate to work together.
Historic Savannah blooms in the springtime, and the Ballastone Inn blooms right along with it.Ballastone Inn
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