Georgia’s state flower, the Cherokee rose, apparently native to China. It has thorns that could double as fishing hooks, in a pinch.
Wisteria, one of my favorites. A wild vine that blooms only a few minutes in the spring, but perfumes the whole area. Its intertwining branches can be trained to create beautiful bases. Because it’s deciduous, I’m experimenting with training the branches to cover high windows, to block sun in summer and allow light in winter.
Savannah is known for its azaleas, which come in colors from white to purple, to various shades of pink.