Latimer Terrace

Our goals in the more formal patio area are to have interest and color throughout the year and attract birds and butterflies.

Several criteria for plant selection:

  • Live well in sandy soil
  • Tolerates salt spray
  • Survive windy conditions
  • Feature native plants

“Little Gem” Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora


  • Two “Little Gem” Magnolia trees are found in the center of the two side “islands” in the patio.
  • In the spring, they bear fragrant, creamy white flowers
  • In the fall, red seed heads appear.
  • They are evergreen, so the deep green leaves with rust undersides are an interesting feature all year.
  • Native to Southeastern US, it is a small cultivar of the Southern Magnolia
  • Seeds provide wildlife food


Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana


  • Along the Anderson Bay View Room there are four Sweetbay Magnolias.
  • In the spring, they bear fragrant, creamy white flowers
  • In the fall, red seed heads appear.
  • They are semi-evergreen, with softer leaves than their cousins the Southern Magnolia.
  • Native to Virginia
  • The fruits provide food for birds in the fall. It is the host to the Sweetbay Silkmoth caterpillar.


Anderson Bay View Room Bed


Indian Hawthorne and Pittosporum
  • Along the Anderson Bay View Room, behind the magnolias we continue the hedge around ABVR using Indian Hawthorn, Rhaphiolepis indica, which bears pinkish flower clusters in early spring.
  • Indian Hawthorne is native to Southern China and is a member of the Rose Family
  • In the triangular plantings in front of the Magnolias, are Cream of Mint Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira) plants. Sporting green and white foliage, they set off the colorful annuals we plant between them.
  • These plants mirror the hedges found in the Meditation Garden on the other side of the Anderson Bay View Room
  • The plants bordering the bed are Bordeaux Holly. More about them later.

Dwarf Yaupon or Bordeaux Holly
Ilex vomitoria


  • Dwarf Yaupon or Bordeaux Holly is native to Virginia
  • This dark green, low shrub stays green all winter and the new growth in the spring is rusty red.
  • It borders all the beds on the Latimer Terrace.
  • Yaupon Holly leaves and twigs contain caffeine, and American Indians used them to prepare a tea, which they drank in large quantities ceremonially and then vomited back up, lending the plant its species name, vomitoria.


Sweet Pepperbush
Clethra alnifolia


  • In mid-late summer, Sweet Pepperbush has pinkish white, sweet- smelling flowers that attract a variety of butterflies and other pollinators.
  • The leaves turn yellow to golden brown in the fall.
  • Sweet Pepperbush is native to Virginia and is a deciduous plant, which means that it drops its leaves in the winter.


Sasanqua Camellia
Camellia sasanqua


  • Native to China and Japan.
  • Found under the Little Gem Magnolias.
  • Provide a blast of color in the winter to complement the pansies in the Anderson Bay View Room bed.
  • Has glossy green leaves the rest of the year.


Rose, Penstemon and Silver Mound


  • Scattered in the more formal areas and transitioning to the dining room edge are low flowering perennials much like those used in our new flagpole garden out front.
  • Silver Mound or Artemesia is a relative of Dusty Miller. Its feathery gray-green leaves set off the red of the Penstemon.
  • Husker Red Penstemon or Penstemon digitalis is a native plant with white or pink tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds. The basal leaves stay red all winter.
  • White Drift Roses provide bright white blossoms all summer.